In recognition of “Passport Day in the USA” Milwaukee County Clerk Joe Czarnezki is offering free passport photos – a $10 value – to Milwaukee County residents who submit a new passport application in the County Clerk’s office, Room 105 of the County Courthouse, on Thursday, September 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Non-Milwaukee County residents and those renewing their passport can download a coupon for $1.00 off their passport photos from the County Clerk’s web site at: http://county.milwaukee.gov/PassportInformation22001.htm.
“If you’re planning a trip to a destination where a passport is required, apply for your passport and take advantage of our free photo offer on Thursday, September 15,” Czarnezki said.
Passport application forms are available in the County Clerk’s office or may be downloaded from the U.S. Department of State website at: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en.html.
Passport applicants must bring in a certified birth certificate and a valid government issued photo identification card, such as a driver’s license. The cost of a passport is $135 for adults and $105 for children under the age of 16.
All persons applying for a passport, including children, must be present during the application process. Both parents must sign the application of a passport for a child under the age of 16.
By Mikel Kwaku Oshi Holt
The Messmer Catholic School family buried one of its youth members Friday, the victim of a bad decision by a 17-year-old who decided to speed home after a basketball game.
Actually, two members of the Milwaukee family died in that car accident.
They were among a dozen Black children who have died under similar circumstances this summer.
Half of them were joy riding in stolen cars, a seemingly new fad that has stunned Milwaukee both in its frequency and fatal consequences.
Those “car-lamities” represent an overlapping phenomena that undergirds a culture those in my generation can’t understand, or adapt to: a preoccupation with speed, and other reckless nonsensical behavior by a generation with advantages in technology and information we could only visualize while watching Star Trek (the original series with William Shatner, the guy who appears on the Hupy and Abraham commercials, although he was not as fat or old as he is today).
Speed, it seems, is a symptom as well as a cultural nuance. It is a centerpiece in a jigsaw puzzle, a key to a door of events that frequently ends in tragedy.
Speed seems to be a preoccupation of our youth today, and we’re still trying to figure out why.
It seems a week doesn’t go by without news of a young Black driver—with, or without a license—engaged in an accident as a result of speeding. More often than not, it’s the innocent passenger who ends up in the morgue.
The driver of the vehicle that killed Demetrius Batchelor Jr. and Latrey L. Hale two weeks ago was reportedly driving 80 miles an hour! Speed truly kills.
By the way, the driver, Donte Barnes, was charged with negligent homicide and could end up spending much of his adult life in prison because of a lapse in judgment. That’s another tragedy.
From everything I’ve heard, Donte is a good kid, a good student and believes in God (a carry over from our generation).
Two of the kids in the car with him were relatives, so I assume he didn’t mean to cause injury, much less death.
And now—regardless of what happens to him in court—he will have to live the rest of his life with the memory of how a split second decision changed the lives of four families.
What possessed Barnes to risk not only his life, but also his friends? Obviously, he didn’t have anywhere to get to in such a hurry. Was it the thrill of danger? Peer pressure? A youthful—and illogical—belief in immortality?
Or was it something inherent within a subculture we older intransigents simply can’t relate to?
This is a generation brought up on ever-faster computers, speed dialing and “fast” food. They are growing up quicker than my generation—12-year-old girls look, and act, like they are 20, and boys are getting them pregnant before they learn how to walk in high heels, get their first “tramp stamp” or their first weave.
Ask the average person over 50 their general feelings about today’s Black youth and they’ll probably roll their eyes and shake their heads before making a few generalizations about their choice of music, their disrespect and the “the world owes me something” mentality.
Unless you interrupt them by shoving a piece of bar-b-que in their mouths, they will go on to say today’s youth are not taking advantage of the civil rights battles we won, and they are overly reckless when driving, including speeding.
But are those attributes of a subculture, something in the food and water (lead)?
Before you use an “absolute” to generalize about today’s Black youth, note that most are on the right path, they possess the mores and values God entrusted us to instill in them.
In fact, just because they might listen to Snoop Doggy Dud, or wear their pants below their waistlines, don’t assume they won’t eventually come around.
As Teju Ologboni is fond of saying, while we criticize today’s youth for wearing their pants down around their thighs, we wore “Sansabelts,” pulled up around our throats (partly to expose our stuff, if you get my drift).
Our generation’s music introduced sexual promiscuity and spoken word artists like the Last Poets and Gil Scott Heron who rhymed of “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” much to the chagrin of older civil rights activists who preached nonviolence, passive resistance and integration as the cure-all for American apartheid.
We, however, spoke of Black Pride and Africentric lifestyles. We morphed from being Negroes to African Americans, even as the elders thought us strange.
Nonetheless, my generation that spoke of pride in our African heritage called our hairstyles Afros and established a link to the diaspora through African dress and the evolution of Kwanzaa.
And don’t get hung up on last month’s civil disturbance that the White media called a riot three weeks ago. I remember a hot day in July 1967 when my generation threw a few bottles and firebombs.
Yeah, today’s new generation is different, but that’s not necessarily bad. Except for the speeding.
And that’s a phenomenon that transcends the criminally inclined as well as the good teenagers as well.
Including my honor student grandson who I’ve discovered has a lead foot.
He likes to sip on Starbucks Frappuccinos, listen to hip hop and push the envelop when driving, a bad habit I try to break both through lectures and occasionally a pop upside his head.
The next time we hit the road, I’ll tell him about the burial of two boys his age. And how and why they died so early in life’s journey. Hopefully that message will penetrate to his core and he’ll realize that for those teenagers, the only place speeding got them to quicker was an early grave.
SEPTEMBER 9, 2016
I am saddened by the sudden passing of Eric Von, the longtime radio
host who for many years reported on and talked about issues of
importance to all Milwaukeeans.
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Mr. Von, and over the years
I came to know him and his family. He was a class act and someone who
cared deeply about Milwaukee. He will be missed.
My prayers and sincere condolences go to his family at this very
Public Information Manager/City of Milwaukee/Public Information
Division/Office of the City Clerk/Phone: (414)286.3285/
Washington, DC — Great news for Black business owners and entrepreneurs looking for exclusive exposure and support online. Latest social networking platform RankTribe has arrived with a new Black-owned business locator and review service to render a further boost to Black-owned companies that will also enable customers to choose their needed services wisely. RankTribe’s web site officially launched on August 17th, and the platform already has more than 900 black owned businesses listed, with more added daily. The Android and iOS apps are available now in the Google Play and iTunes App store.
The site allows free listings for businesses. RankTribe covers a large number of business categories and there are several premium listing packages to choose from. All packages will allow businesses to list their company name in the RankTribe directory along with Title/Address, detailed view, Ratings & Reviews, coupons/deals, phone, email, URL, photo gallery, business hours, location reference and includes a Facebook plugin. The customers visiting the listings will get a Google Map pinpointing the location of the chosen service with turn-by-turn street directions, the web site link of the service provider, a call button and direct access to the company’s web site and Facebook page.
They will be able to share and bookmark the service provider’s web site on Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter from RankTribe. There is also a ‘checkin’ feature that allows customers to share their experience on social media.
“Our site welcomes almost every kind of Black owned business out there. We have a wide range from restaurants, arts & entertainment, beauty, photography, real estate, health, home services, lawyers, finance, sports, fitness and so on. There are categories for online shopping and event planning as well. Most importantly, we extend rank-based incentives to encourage Black owned businesses to support the needs of our communities. The personal reviews and ratings from consumers will enable the enduser to land up with the most compatible service provider easily,” added in Amanda Jordan, the Media Director of RankTribe.
RankTribe also offers member-businesses to choose from a wide range of packages for event listing, posting promotional articles, classifieds and banners. The member-businesses would have complete control over their directory items on the web site. The members interface area will enable the companies to log in & change their details easily or add the special deals, coupons or promotions for customers.
To get your business listed FREE with RankTribe or to find the most compatible Black-owned service provider for you, visit www.ranktribe.com or download our app today!
Taylor Davis, BDO Staff Writer
1. Non-organic spinach
It’s important to note before reading this that organic spinach is not the same as conventional spinach. Non-organic spinach is a vegetable that is grown with pesticides and has little nutritional value–and it’s not even all that filling! Conventional spinach has anywhere up to 50 difference pesticides (yes, 50!) on it when purchased at a store, according to the Pesticide Data Program. If you’re a fan of spinach and eating well, try to purchase organic spinach which is high in vitamin A and K.
We know it’s pretty convenient to just warm up a bag of frozen vegetables,
Take a look at the ingredients in a bag of “lightly sauced” vegetables:
Broccoli, Cauliflower, Water, Carrots, Cheddar Cheese (Pasteurized Whole Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes, Annatto Color), Contains 2% or Less of Half and Half (Milk, Cream), Nonfat Dry Milk, Food Starch-Modified, Salt, Cheese Flavor [Cheddar and Blue Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Whey, Water, Citric Acid, Corn Oil, Yeast Extract, Sweet Cream Powder, Butter (Cream, Salt), Sugar, Dry Mustard, Natural Flavor, Dry Buttermilk, Maltodextrin, Sodium Caseinate, Sodium Citrate], Wheat Flour, Mono and Diglycerides, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Sodium Phosphate, Natural Flavor (Hydrolyzed Corn Gluten, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Dextrose), Sherry Wine Solids, Onion Powder, Mustard (Distilled Vinegar, Mustard Seed, Salt, White Wine, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Spices, Tocopherols and Ascorbyl Palmitate to Help Protect Flavor), Garlic Powder, Annatto Extract (For Color)
First, that list is VERY long…and quite a few of the ingredients are hard to pronounce. Second, a marketing trick used in most of this packaging is called “light” sauced. “Light” is a very relative term that is not regulated by the FDA, so your version of light could be totally different than the version of the manufacturer. So all the harmful ingredients made to keep that sace from spoiling will also go in your body. Why would you put all of those things into your body if you can’t pronounce what’s in it? Adding this creamy sauce to your vegetables turns an incredibly healthy side dish into something that resembles a science experiment.
3. Canned Tomatoes
Many people are shocked when I tell them that canned tomatoes are bad. After all, tomatoes are a vegetable (or technically fruit), so how can they be bad? Well, it has more to do with the packaging than the actual food.
Most of us know that BPA is harmful. BPA, shortened from bisphenol-a is a chemical used to coat the lining of cans and most plastic products.
The reason why canned tomatoes are so dangerous is since tomatoes are highly acidic, it draws out more of the BPA into the food from the lining. So, canned tomatoes have an especially high risk of leaching BPA into the tomatoes because of the acidity. This is not to say that other canned goods do not also pose BPA exposure risks (they most certainly do), but tomatoes are one of the worst offenders.
You’re probably asking, what about BPA-free cans?
Unfortunately, BPA-free cans don’t really solve the problem. When the word started getting out about the dangers of BPA a few years ago, consumers started demanding that companies quit using BPA. So, companies responded to consumer pressure and largely removed BPA from their packaging, BUT they replaced it with another chemical that has similar associated health risks called BPS–Bisphenol S.
So, even though the thought of a BPA-free label may comfort many consumers, it’s a false promise. The cans and plastics labelled as BPA-free will still have some sort of chemical in them and usually it’s BPS. That’s why I always recommend only using natural products like glass and stainless steel to avoid ANY type of plastic.
On the flip side, here are vegetables that are good for you (based upon how they are packaged and sold and those that have the least amount of pesticides):
Avocado (actually a fruit)
Green and red cabbage
T. R. Causey –Blackdoctor.org
Retired NBA legend-turned-businessman, Magic Johnson surprised his wife, Cookie, with a beyond lavish yacht party in Monaco to celebrate 25 years of marriage, and to call it spectacular would be an understatement. Magic and Cookie were already in Venice, Italy, celebrating their milestone anniversary, when the former NBA star flew in all of their friends to Monaco without Cookie’s knowledge. Magic, 57, also paid for all of the travel expenses.
Celeb guests included Samuel L. Jackson, Steve Harvey, LL Cool J, Smokey Robinson, Tina Knowles, Biz Markie, Bill Bellamy, Holly Robinson Peete, Cedric the Entertainer, Pat Riley, Sugar Ray Leonard, as well as their significant others.
But like most couples, all those years of marriage weren’t always the warm and fuzzy. There were some tough times.
“We had our ups and downs. We had a period where we were about to separate,” Cookie revealed. “There was a point where I was home all the time; he was working. Sometimes you start growing apart a little because he’s seeing new adventurous stuff. He’s out in the world. He’s growing. [But] I’m stagnant.”
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T. R. Causey –Blackdoctor.org
“A lot of people have this misconception that I do stand-up or that I do comedy and I’ve really never done stand up or comedy. I’ve only studied acting and I’ve been able to build a comedic character,” actress Regina Hall says about doing her latest film, “When The Bough Breaks” with fellow actor, Morris Chestnut.
Her and Morris worked together when fans saw her in her breakout role nearly 20 years ago. Hall, a D.C. native and Immaculata graduate, made her film debut in 1999 playing a stripper named Candy in “The Best Man.” She enters a penthouse suite bachelor party for Lance (Morris Chestnut), concealed by other dancers, and we see a flash of her face before she disappears into another room.
Candy is the star of the show, with her own entrance music — Cameo’s 1986 hit “Candy” — as she comes out in a bustier and thong covered by a chain-like skirt. It was a tricky scene; by definition, bachelor parties are raucous, raunchy affairs, and this was a bachelor party for an all-star pro running back. It was undoubtedly the scene that net “Best Man” its R rating. At the same time, Hall had to show enough restraint that Julian (Harold Perrineau) is motivated to follow her into the street and quote Audre Lorde at her because he’s instantly head over heels for her. She ends up being his date for Lance’s wedding.
Director Malcolm D. Lee recalled Hall’s audition for the part. “She had a sweetness and an innocence about her,” he said. “Her reading was more impressive than her dancing.”
Year after year and role after role, Regina has been steadily climbing the Hollywood ladder of success and people are loving her.
Some know Hall because she played Brenda in the Scary Movie franchise. Others may know her as Candace from “The Best Man” franchise, or (yet another) Candace from the Think Like a Man series. Either way, the point is, you know her and from the looks of it, she’s not going anywhere either.
And when it comes to family, Regina keeps them close too. While getting her master’s degree in journalism, her dad died in 2004 of a stroke. Her mom had one a few years later, but fully recovered. Now her mom is battling another disease that Hall has educated herself on and is right there with her mother in the fight.
“My mom was diagnosed with scleroderma about six years ago,” confesses Hall. “It’s a condition that affects the skin and some other organs, and can take several forms. The type my mom has is called CREST. Each letter stands for something. C-calcinosis, R-Raynaud’s, E-esophageal dysfunction, S-sclerodactyly and T-telangectasias.
“When my mom was diagnosed, I didn’t know much about the condition. But Dana Delaney, who is an actress and now a friend of mine, put me in touch with Bob Saget. Bob had made a television movie about scleroderma years ago because his sister had died from it. That was back when they didn’t even know what it was. Anyway, Bob had a group called the Scleroderma Research Foundation, so I donated to that and my mother even went to the doctor Bob had suggested, who happened to be over at Johns Hopkins. He’s been great.”
“It’s taught me a lot about the brevity of life. It’s taught me not just about being alive but being conscious of your health. You want to thrive while you’re here. Knowing I have a history of strokes in my family makes me much more conscious of what I eat. It puts a real spotlight on taking care of yourself.”
So when she’s not acting or volunteering for stroke victims, what does Regina like to do?
“I love to hike. I go up Reseda [Blvd. in Los Angeles] or there’s a great hike up Fryman [Canyon Park in Los Angeles]. I love yoga and I used to do it constantly until I pinched a nerve in my back. Now I do Pilates. I go to SRF and do meditation — it’s called Self-Realization Fellowship. It’s a very beautiful meditative service. The energy of the place is very serene. When I leave, I feel recharged.”
Sandria M. Washington –Blackdoctor.org
The village needs healing. Suicide ranked 14th as a cause of death among Black children in 1993-1997, but increased to 9th in 2008 – 2012. In a 2015 study published in JAMA Pediatrics looking at suicide among elementary aged children aged 5 to 11 years, the rate increased significantly for Black children – in particular Black boys – while it declined for White children.
What’s behind these findings?
BlackDoctor.org in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) launched a national conversation on preventing suicide and promoting positive development among African American children, beginning with the “Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Facebook Chat” on September 8. Leading mental health experts Dr. Angela Ali, Kimya N. Dennis, PhD and Dr. Isaiah Pickens discussed the mental health and well-being of young Black children, especially those at risk for death by suicide.
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