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ALDERWOMAN COGGS will host a Bronzeville update meeting AT 5:30 P.M. ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2015 at the MILWAUKEE URBAN LEAGUE, 435 W. NORTH AVE. There will be an update on current Bronzeville projects, and
representatives from the city’s Strong Neighborhoods Plan will present information about artist housing proposals.
“All business owners and community members are invited to hear about the development in Bronzeville,” Alderwoman Coggs said. “It is important that we continue the positive momentum during this period of investment and development in the area.”
WHAT: BRONZEVILLE UPDATE MEETING
WHEN: 5:30 P.M. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2015
WHERE: MILWAUKEE URBAN LEAGUE, 435 W. NORTH AVE.
For the past three years, generous supporters like you have joined us for the exciting Match Day online giving event in March organized by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation that benefits basic needs agencies. Your generous support has made a meaningful difference to The Salvation Army’s mission of meeting human needs in His name without
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Need help getting from where you are to where you want to be? That’s the question that Uchendi (Chin) Nwani poses to potential clients. Nwani is the owner of one of the largest barber styling schools in the United States. The young entrepreneur has literally clipped his way into the millionaires’ club and has discovered the secrets of working less, earning more, retiring early, and becoming financially free. Let’s look at some of Nwani’s success factors that made him a millionaire:
1. Locate the right shop. Successful companies and business owners always have a blueprint. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. There is great benefit in working with mastermind groups. You can glean from the successes and failures of others in your industry. It’s important to emulate the patterns and habits of the successful. Identify the top three people in your industry. Don’t be afraid to contact them.
2. Tune out the noise. Meditation and visualization are essential steps in feeding your mind. Give yourself 15 minutes each morning and at the end of each day. Take that time to turn down the noise and mentally view yourself accomplishing your goals. You want to fall asleep thinking about your dreams. Your brain works while you sleep. Nwani has practiced these disciplines since 1995. He has witnessed his visualization sessions become reality. He attributes this process to opening the door for him to speak at Bishop Jakes’s Man Power Conference some years ago. Make time today to feed your mind, starting with 15 minutes. The results will show up after you become intentional and consistent.
3. Try out new styles. Never be afraid to step out and try something new and different to get the results you want. There are two ways to make money: One is by solving problems and the other is by helping other people make money. Your business model should incorporate both of these methods to maximize your revenue potential. Therefore, Nwani has written books, speaks, trains stylists and aspiring stylists, and consults with others to open their own schools. Think about new ways your business can serve your customers/clients at increased levels.
4. Keep your edges sharp. Daily personal development is vital. You must be prepared to handle the daily trials and tribulations of life. Les Brown, Bishop Jakes, and Michael Hyatt are just a few of the people that Nwani listens to daily. Keep your DVD, CD, and radio station tuned into positive information while you work and play. This will cause your mind to shift. Establish a daily personal development plan, and use it.
5. Don’t just sit in the chair. In order to work on your dreams beyond eight hours, you need sustained energy. There is no time limit on the investment of a dream. Some dreams require 10-, 12-, 16-hour days. Therefore, the foods you eat matter. Working out is important so you can have a body that’s healthy, nutritionally fit, and equipped to carry out your dreams. You can outwork others when your body is at its optimal functioning capacity. Today, invest in the value of your temple.
6. Go for the BIG chop. Do you know that it takes the same amount of energy to think small as it takes to think big? Be willing to live like others won’t temporarily, so you can live like others won’t permanently. The greatest investment is in you. Reinvest in yourself and your business to experience exponential growth. Be sure to live below your means now so you can live beyond your dreams later. Get rid of excess and what no longer serves your vision of success. Go full out and don’t small “tip” your million- dollar dreams.
Nwani is the CEO and founder of the International Barber & Style College and author of two published books, the latest of which is “The Millionaire Barber Stylist.” Nwani continues to give back to his community by supporting local businesses and providing mentorships and free barber style services. http://www.millionairebarberstylist.com/
NBA legend Charles Barkley raised some eyebrows when he told CNN in December that the onus of the #BlackLivesMatter movement needed not be on how racial inequality can be fixed in this country, but on how black people can better improve themselves. In a HuffPost Live interview Wednesday, fellow NBA legend Karl Malone took Barkley’s side.
“I echo his sentiments exactly,” Malone told host Marc Lamont Hill. “We need to look in the mirror ourselves and stop waiting on someone to come march on our behalf. Take ownership ourself, make our community better and stop looking for a handout. Do something about it yourself that you can control.”
Many have decried the former players’ stance, including Barkley’s “Inside The NBA” co-host Kenny Smith. The two even had a frank on-air discussion about it. Despite the backlash, Barkley has not backed down from his position, and neither did Malone on Wednesday.
“Stop using the excuse about race,” Malone said. “I am sick and tired that every time you turn around, that’s what we dangle … Our problem now is we do so much talking and beating things to death. Let’s take ownership in ourselves … stop waiting for someone to come in and march for us.”
By Rich McKay -Reuters via Huff Post Black Voices
ATLANTA, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Lynchings in which mobs raided jailhouses to hang, torture and burn alive black men, sometimes leading to public executions in courthouse squares, occurred more often in the U.S. South than was previously known, according to a report released on Tuesday.
The slightest transgression could spur violence, the Equal Justice Initiative found, as it documented 3,959 victims of lynching in a dozen Southern states.
The group said it found 700 more lynchings of black people in the region than had been previously reported. The research took five years and covered 1877 to 1950, the period from the end of post-Civil War Reconstruction to the years immediately following World War Two.
The report cited a 1940 incident in which Jesse Thornton was lynched in Alabama for not saying “Mister” as he talked to a white police officer.
In 1916, men lynched Jeff Brown for accidentally bumping into a white girl as he ran to catch a train, the report said.
Bryan Stevenson, founder and director of the Montgomery, Alabama-based EJI, said that while current events did not directly equate with lynching, “what happened then has its echoes in today’s headlines.”
He cited racial differences in reactions to last year’s shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white police officer.
The group said the report was aimed at spurring Americans to face the lasting impact of their history. It also would like to see historical markers placed across the South to note sites where lynchings occurred.
Calling the violence racial terror designed to subjugate black people through fear, Stevenson and his associates sought to catalog every lynching in 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
“The South is littered with monuments for the Civil War,” Stevenson said. “But we haven’t looked at the great evil of slavery. Its aftermath morphed into terrorism of lynching.”
“We as Americans haven’t dealt with our full history,” he added.
Sociology professor E.M. Beck of the University of Georgia agreed that past lynchings had affected perceptions of justice.
“Many white people look on the police as their protectors, defenders of their rights, and blacks can look at the same officers as part of a system sent to control and contain them,” he said. (Editing by Letitia Stein and Peter Cooney)
Sean “Diddy” Combs recently turned to Instagram to vent his frustrations for what he sees as a lack of diversity in major Hollywood movies.
Diddy called out the film industry for not seeing the world how it really is in an Instagram video he posted Monday featuring award ceremony acceptance speeches from Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey and Steve McQueen.
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By Tyomi Morgan –Blackdoctor.org
It’s been five weeks since the debut of Fox’s new hip hop drama Empire and raving reviews keep coming in praising the show for its candidness. This star-studded cast of talented Black actors continues to bring reality to our doorsteps weekly with dynamic plot twists and catchy tunes, but one thing I couldn’t help but pick up on is the sexual undertones of this series. Maybe it’s the sexpert in me or maybe sexuality has more of a blatant position within this show’s storyline.
Because everything about our existence as humans is a result of sexual expression, I decided to dig deeper to reveal the lessons in sexuality that we all can learn from Empire and how we can benefit from these subtle teachings.
Andre (Trai Byers), the oldest of the Lyon brothers, has a pretty well-made life. He sits on the Board of Directors for his father’s record company, is in line to inherit the Empire kingdom and to top it off he has a supportive wife in Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday), his equally accomplished companion who he describes as “brilliant”.
In the second episode we learn of Andre’s battle with bipolar disease and we get a closer look into how his dedicated wife keeps him on track with his meds and keeps his mind from swinging into manic stages. She goes to the kitchen drawer, pulls out a bib and drops to her knees. Yes, she gives him a BJ right there in the middle of the kitchen.
This is just one of the many provocative, sexually suggestive exchanges we see between the couple and there is something every person can pull from their sexual dynamic. She is sexually in control and she isn’t afraid to use her seduction to persuade Andre. That’s what makes them a power couple. If sex is equivalent to Scooby snacks she uses it skillfully.
She keeps him balanced and uses sex as a tool to keep him motivated and focused. Andre uses sex as a way to persuade in the areas of business and Rhonda encourages it.
Take Notes: No one can deny that sex is a great motivator and if you are in a loving and committed relationship, why not use sex as a way to keep your partner encouraged. Through arousing the sexual senses, the body can become balanced and creativity is influenced. Sexual energy is creative energy and this energy can be used to create anything from babies to diabolical schemes to take over a musical empire.
In the third episode, we learn that the youngest son, Hakeem (Bryshere Gray), has had a year-long relationship with supermodel Camilla (played by Naomi Campbell), who is about 20 years his senior. Hakeem is the most affected by the 17-year absence of his mother, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), out of the three brothers. She was convicted while he was just a few months old, and he was never able to feel the embrace of the woman that created him.
Throughout the series his disdain for her is shown with no remorse, yet his need for a motherly figure is fulfilled by his cougar mistress. “Who am I to you,” Camilla asks seductively as she instructs him to draw closer to her lips, leading him by his thick, yellow gold link chain. “You’re my momma,” he coyly replies as she kisses him passionately.
There is a lesson in sexuality to be pulled from this scenario and it’s pulled straight from the pages of Freudian psychology: The Oedipus complex. Hakeem’s repressed feelings of hate for his mother’s absence transformed into an unconscious sexual attraction to women who resemble the mother figure he never had.
Take Notes: The relationships we have with our parents play a major role in how we express ourselves sexually. In everyday life, unresolved mommy/daddy issues manifest into sexual dysfunctions that can take a negative toll on a couple’s relationship. In these cases, therapy is a great way to heal from those repressed wounds.
In the fifth episode of this dynamic drama, the secret love of affair between Empire artist Tiana (Serayah) and her supermodel girlfriend is revealed, leaving Hakeem stunned, confused and ultimately angry about the secret she kept from him for so long.
When confronted, Tiana keeps her cool and doesn’t back down from her decision to express her sexuality on both sides of the fence. She questions Hakeem when he approaches her with disappointment about the public display of affection caught on viral video. “Oh, so it would be ok if it was a dude, right?”
Take Notes: Tiana defends her natural birthright to love and embrace who she chooses, and this is the lesson in sexuality that can be drawn from her “defiance”: that is ok to love who you choose and your sexuality does not need to be explained to anyone.
Jamal (Jussie Smollett) is undoubtedly the most talented of the Lyon brothers and is the most dynamic character to watch of the entire Empire cast. Positioned as the middle child coddled by his mother and forced to face the repugnance of his father, Jamal pushes through a lifetime of hardship to come out strong and victorious.
Lucious (Terrence Howard) presses Jamal to make a choice between his decision to come out with his homosexual orientation and receiving his support for his musical career. Standing firm in his decision to live out his sexuality the way he desires, Jamal severs ties with his father financially and makes his way to the slums where he gains a new life perspective that enriches his musical genius.
Every episode of Empire so far documents the lifelong struggle for Lucious to embrace his homosexual son, and even well into Jamal’s adulthood and in the midst of a world that is changing its views about homosexuality, Lucious is unable to release his rigid beliefs about sexual expression. Jamal, however, tests his father’s dissonance by refusing to be ashamed of his sexual preferences.
Take Notes: The lesson in sexuality that we all can learn from Jamal is that you have to be bold enough to stand up for what you know is right, and sometimes you may have to make sacrifices in order to live in your sexual truth. You may lose friends or even family. You will have to sacrifice your current mindset and adopt a new way of thinking uninfluenced by society’s standards for sexuality. You will have to come from under the cloak of sexual shame and confront naysayers head on. You may be forced out of circles that once embraced you, but as Jamal gained a new perspective on life while living in less than favorable situations, you also will begin to see life from a refreshed vantage point that you set for yourself. This philosophy applies whether gay or straight.
The beauty of the show Empire is its ability to grasp real life situations and place them in the laps of the average American during prime time television. It’s raw, unapologetic and exactly what America needs at this present moment; a moment of authenticity, especially in the arena of sexual expression.
By Dr. Isaiah Pickens –Blackdoctor.org
At first glance, they couldn’t appear more different. Martin Luther King Jr., an African-American Civil Rights titan, using non-violence and media exposure to advance policy for improving the plight of Blacks in America. Chris Kyle, a Caucasian-American Navy SEAL sniper, working in secret to violently disassemble terrorists networks a world away. Despite these differences, they shared a common history and sadly a common end—violence being the thread to bind their stories.
Their lives, lessons in different forms of patriotism, shed just as much light on trauma’s impact on people repeatedly exposed to violence. Trauma has become something of a buzz word in the world of healthcare and sometimes leaves the public minimizing the day to day impact it has on the details of a person’s life.
Trauma is any experience that makes a person feel his life or the life of someone he loves is in serious danger. When a person is “traumatized” it reflects both the actual experience and a person’s perception of it.
Reactions to trauma are generally best captured by the diagnosis Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder—a set of symptoms that leaves a person frequently reliving their trauma and constantly looking for threat in an attempt to avoid further danger.
These symptoms can look very different depending on the person, but the sheer intensity of the symptoms sometimes leaves outsiders wondering can one event have that strong of an effect on someone. Even more insidious is the belief that we are immune from the same response if exposed to a traumatic experience.
What makes trauma such a powerful force is its ability to compromise our sense of safety. While physical safety may be a concern, it is the undermining of psychological safety that feeds the long-term consequences.
We experience psychological safety every time we arrive home and believe the people who greet us are supporting our best interests or when we understand that obstacles to our goals reflect more about what we are up against than about our personal inability to achieve. Psychological safety is an ability to face challenges and risks with healthy coping strategies and preserved sense of self-worth.
The catalyst for healing and growth from traumatic experiences is finding meaning in trauma and support to learn healthy ways for channeling the pain that these events cause. The pain that both Dr. King and Chris Kyle experienced at the hands of violence at home and in war zones abroad was evident in their splintering homes and at times tumultuous relationships.
For Dr. King, it renewed his commitment to leading a non-violent movement that would reshape the racial relations of America. Chris Kyle returned to America and found solace in supporting the healing process of other veterans.
Their traumas, initially harbingers of self-destruction, transformed into stepping stones for building the lives of others while slowly securing their personal psychological safety. These are lessons that call us to fully appreciate the impact of trauma on who a person is and who he can become.
In 1889, Brazil became the last country in the Americas to outlaw slavery. More enslaved Africans were sent to Brazil than any other country in the hemisphere. That legacy of racial slavery is readily apparent in Brazil’s socioeconomic structure today. Among the poorest 10 percent of the population, 72 percent are black or mixed-race, according to a 2012 study by the Institute of Applied Economic Research.
Researchers at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro calculated in 2013 that if the Brazilian population were divided along racial lines, whites would occupy the 65th position on the U.N. Human Development Index, while Afro-Brazilians would only reach 102nd place. Despite all that, Brazil is also home to what may well be the largest slavery reparations program ever attempted. Article 68 of the 1988 Constitution grants a permanent, nontransferable title to the land occupied by settlements started by runaway slaves, known in Portuguese as “quilombos.”
In 2003, the leftwing government of Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva expanded the legal definition of the word “quilombo,” classifying it as an ethnicity. Under Brazilian law, the change meant that now virtually any black community could apply for benefits under the law if a majority of its residents so decided. The Brazilian government had certified some 2,400 communities as quilombos by 2013, with hundreds more waiting for approval. The law affects more than 1 million people and the territory claimed by the quilombos across Brazil totals about 4.4 million acres — roughly the size of New Jersey.
The promised land is not forthcoming for most of these communities. Only 217 quilombos had received their constitutionally guaranteed land titles as of last year. But the growing movement’s massive scope makes clear that Brazil’s legacy of slavery is not a thing of the past. The Huffington Post reported on Brazil’s quilombo movement in a two-part series last year. The photos below, some of them published here for the first time, were taken as part of that project.