Annie J. Jackson celebrated 100 years of life this past Monday, November 18, 2013. A celebration of her birth was held Saturday, at Old Country Buffet, 6538 W. Brown Deer Road. Jackson is the only living charter member (one of 17 original congregants) of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, which was founded in May of 1956, at 2747 N, 4th St. Jackson served on the Mission Board and was its first president. She was also an usher. Even though she is now wheel chair bound and unable to attend church services, Jackson continues to support the church she loves spiritually and financially. Born November 18, 1913 in Hopten, Ala., Jackson grew up in Adamsville, Ala., where she grew up and enjoyed farm life with her parents and four siblings. Reflecting on her century of life, Jackson noted because her family produced everything they needed, she didn’t realize growing up how poor they were. Jackson said one of the most vivid memories from her childhood was going to work with her mother. She remembered how patient her mother was instructing her in the art of southern cooking and cleaning. Jackson said cooking is still her favorite activity. As a matter of fact she is already preparing for Thanksgiving. She has already cleaned 30Ibs of chitterlings! Jackson said it gives her a great deal of satisfaction cooking the holiday meal for her entire family; having them sit down at the table and thank God for all their blessings. After the death of her mother, Jackson left Adamsville and moved with her two children, Jonathan and Arlene (both deceased) to Milwaukee in 1945 to join her sister and two brothers. Jackson found work at the Patrick Cudahy meat packing company. She was also worked at Veteran’s Hospital and American Can Company, where she worked for 23 years before retiring in 1976. In retirement, Jackson was a volunteer with Lutheran Services calling the elderly and determining their needs and refer them to needed services. On March 12, 1950, Jackson married Junior Lee Jackson, who was the proprietor of the Party House Inn, located at 234 E. Vine Street. He held the position for 30 years. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Jackson was able to provide help for many people in the community. The couple had one child together, Valerie Jackson. Mr. Jackson died in 1982. Jackson also helped her daughter Arlene raise her two children—Jackson’s grandchildren—Venus (A.J. Cutter, spouse) and Raven. Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Jackson still pursues her other passion besides cooking, fishing. Happy 100th Annie Jackson! And may you have many more!
POSITIVE If you notice all of the above is what FRIENDSHIP means to me and the meaning is from all of the letters in FRIENDSHIP. Try this on your own and see by using the letters what your meaning of FRIENDSHIP is…………… Keeping It Real
Tara R. Pulley-Sista Speak…Speak Lord!!!
• “Two boxes of washing powder – two boxes of soap – all not ready holler billy-goat!” – FIRST RELATIONSHPS
• “10, 20, 30, 40,…One 10 – 10, 20, 30, 40,…Two 10 – BESTIES
• “She’s a brrrick – house…she’s mighty mighty, just letting it all hang out” – INDIVIDUALITY
• “When I was seventeen, I did what people told me…I’m in controool” – GROWING APART
• “Love and happiness…it will make you do right– make you do wrong” – COMPANIONSHIP
• “Reunit-ed and it feeeels so good” – REESTABLISHING
• “Lookin’ back on when I – was a little nappy headed…I wish those days – could – come back once more, why did those days – e – ver have to go” – CONNECTION
• “Toby went away – It was a saaad day, oooh when Toby went away” – CLOSING STAGES
• “I found a frieeeend – I found a frieeeend – I found a good friend, I found a good friend -and He goes with meeee yeaa – even through the thick and thiiin” – FOREVER
Zelda Corona Sista Speak…Speak Lord!!!
Been knowing you since we were in high school. Here we are at mid-life and I feel like I never really knew you at all.
Hung out in them bars with you, stroked them streets in them whips with you, I fought for you when you were being disrespected.
Styled your hair for you, did your nails for you, dried your tears for you – defended you when your other friends wanted nothing else to do with you.
Sat and listened to you when all you needed was an ear to bend, bout what that “fake fa-sho brother” did to you. Would have plotted murder with you to bump him off if that’s what you would have wanted me to do. Yeah…I would have did it… cuz gurl I was a friend to you!!!
My family became your family. Your problems became my problems.
But it feels like you have been stabbing me in the back all this time.
Even after all of this, I will take your secrets to my grave. I came to your rescue in the wee hours of the night. I befriended you because I thought we connected on a mature level of great minds thinking alike.
You twisted our friendship with figments of your imagination. I offered my assistance. I forgave you even when I thought you did me wrong.
I want to be obedient to God’s word and I know I am not perfect, but I still have expectations of you. Even after all of this, I will take your secrets to my grave.
Sonya Marie Bowman Sista Speak…Speak Lord!!!
A survivor of human sex trafficking will be the keynote speaker of a lecture on the subject hosted by Career Youth Development Friday, July 26 at 2 p.m. at Mercy Memorial Church, 2477 N. 36th St.
Brook Bello, an actress, minister and international lecturer on human sex trafficking, will share her story of how she became caught up in–and eventually escaped from–this highly organized criminal and inhumane enterprise.
According to a recent NewsOne article on her efforts, Bello was a victim of sexual assault and abuse at the age of 11; this then drove her to excessive drinking. Bello would eventually run away from home and fall under the wings of a madam in Los Angeles, becoming a prostitute. Working the streets eventually got her arrested in New York for prostitution, but it also opened up an opportunity to return to Los Angeles where she pursued her acting career.
Bello wrote, produced and directed the documentary film, “Survivor: Living Above the Noise. “I want those who’ve lived through this terror to find what I have: freedom from the profound shame and ugliness that comes with sexual violation.”
Bello also began a non-profit “More Too Life” and the mentoring program “Above The Noise,” the latter focusing on crimes and abuses against women and offering measures for treatment and prevention.
The Bello lecture is part of a series of lectures on human sex trafficking Career Youth Development has been sponsoring to shed light on this shocking and incidious crime perpetrated against girls and women of various races and nationalities who come from improvished situations.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, as many as 300,000 American girls and young women are enslaved as prostitutes in towns and cities each year.
I know My Worth… It is time He knows My Worth… I am beyond the perfect fit for Him… There will never be another Woman for this Man like Me… I was made for Him…I complete Him, and He knows this… High time He stopped acting the role and begin to play His part… He has every reason to call Me back and every reason to marry Me… If He does not do so, then it is surely His Loss.
“Sonya Marie”/Sista Speak…Speak Lord!!!
The sound of the beat is a familiar rhythm. Taking it for granted, I ignore the music that plays because it has been there for as long as I can remember. It is a controlled pattern that gives me balance. I reach for it like a warm blanket, and it comforts me. I take solace in knowing that it will be there whenever I listen for it. It is pretty and magical – a soft motion that moves like waves on a sunny day. Its pace is situational – elevating when necessary, but calming right on cue. I pray for it to continue and I am blessed by its vibration. I thank God for this instrument, while simultaneously asking to be forgiven for my negligence over the years. I want to always hear the beat and to be cognizant of it. I want to give it what it has always given me. I now sit quietly listening, paying attention to its worth – but it has no monetary value. I appreciate what it offers…It has always been selfless when I wasn’t. I cry for the times that I did not treat it with care and I rejoice that the sound is still present. Noise starts to distract me and I realize that it is fear; I am afraid of losing the sound that is music to my ears. I declare loudly in my head – Not today!!! – I refuse to be diverted by the enemy. I WILL NOT allow negative echoes to plug my hearing of the soft drum being played by the Universe. PRAISE BE TO GOD…PRAISE BE TO YHWH!!! I hear you Lord. SHHHHHHHHHH…I am listening to the Heart of my Mother.
Zelda Corona/Sista Speak…Speak Lord!!!
We may struggle these days to be patient with what is going on around us. We keep telling ourselves not to get worked up but we do. If something is not going fast enough, We may feel justice has not been served and wonder what direction is Man taking this World. During these times and what’s going on in our courts, cities and neighborhoods, we need to hold on to patience and not allow anyone or anything to break our spirits. Allow GOD to guide us – When we Let GOD guide us He does not steer us Wrong. Even though we may have to go through some things that seem to test our faith and strength – There is a light at the end of the tunnel when We Allow GOD in.
ALWAYS KEEPING IT REAL
TARA R. PULLEY/Sista Speak…Speak Lord!!!
In response to the FBI’s recent actions in adding Assata Shakur as the first woman to the “Most Wanted Terrorist List,” with a new $2 million reward for her capture and forced return from Cuba where the former Black Panther Party member received political asylum nearly 30 years ago, a group of Milwaukeeans concerned for justice will present a free educational program on her 66th birthday, July 16, starting at 6:30pm at Wisconsin African American Women’s Center, 3020 W. Vliet St. in Milwaukee.
It will also feature a video talk by Assata Shakur explaining her life of experiencing and challenging racism, including the incident from 40 years ago when she was shot twice and one of her companions and a NJ state trooper were killed after the car she was in was pulled off the highway for a supposed faulty tail-light.
Repeatedly charged with highly publicized claims which resulted in dismissals or acquittals, Assata Shakur was convicted in a controversial trial by an all white jury and sentenced to life plus 30 years.
She served 6 years (2 years in solitary) before she escaped from prison.
Milwaukee Health Services Inc. is pleased to host its Fourth Annual Women’s Health Fair courtesy of Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and American Cancer Society® on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
For Worse or For Better?
by Sonya Marie Bowman
Do we really need another reality housewives television show? What if Hollywood chose to do a reality show on the large statistical ratio of more men in this world than there are women? Statistics state that in Milwaukee alone, there are nearly 39,000 more women than there are men. They could name the show: Wife In-Laws – Man sharing. We already have the show Sister wives, and that’s as real as real can get. Having multiple wives is considered legal for the Mormons and other religious sects living in similar communes.
In Islam, it is a fact that a man can have as many wives as he is able to take care of. In ancient biblical times, it was the norm for prophetic greats like Abraham, Kind David, Solomon as well as Jacob, to have more than one wife.
The great Egyptians, engineers and pioneers of civilization, also believed it normal for a man to have more than one wife along with a plethora of concubines, siring a multitude of children. Even the great Julius Caesar took another wife outside of Roman law, choosing to wed legally within the stated laws of Egypt at the request of his Egyptian lover…Queen Cleopatra. Was she viewed as the other woman by the Romans or was she known to be a wife of Caesar by her people and under the confines of her religion? You decide.
Even though the aforementioned facts happened long ago, and the given ratios are staggering, have things really changed all that much? Are some people still practicing wife-in law relationships behind closed doors because they simply want to or is it because they have to in order to get through this thing here we call life? Is it such the plight of the modern day woman to hold on to her virtue and live a life of aloneness because there is a man shortage epidemic? Or is it the plight of a woman to succumb to what society sees as temptation vs. seeing it as natural survival, while co-existing with some semblance of normalcy?
Though some may not find the subject matter presented, neat, nice and wrapped all up in a pretty bow, yet and still maybe there are others who find it a raw direct gift, special delivered to stir their thoughts on what is worse or better for women in this situation? I don’t know the answers and maybe there is no right or wrong ones.
Maybe it’s just about what the individual believes according to their own spiritual beliefs? Then again, maybe it’s just the natural order of things, in the way it is supposed to be? I clearly see this happening in not only our community, but in communities all over the globe.
What may seem natural to us in our communities may be totally unnatural in another, and this we cannot judge or least you be judged yourself. Is this why other societies like the Sister Wives reality show, do what they do to survive…to stop the madness and simply live and let live? Is this their way of obliterating that nasty word and act of adultery, because to them, maybe there is no such thing? Is it also their way of having peace, love and harmony and never having to go without companionship? The greater question that comes to mind my people: Is this the way that the Father planned male and female dynamics it in the first place?
Could it be that God knew what He was doing when He designed these staggering ratios of women to men, and maybe we are the ones that got it twisted? I suppose it depends solely on how each of us views this man-sharing epidemic without judging or pointing fingers at anyone for their beliefs.
Did these wives in laws and sister wives based their decisions on the worst of being alone or the better in having a quality of life? What would you do? What would you choose…for worse or for better??
by Tara Pulley
I awoke this morning and thanked God for breathing…then I thought, I wish I were a child again. I remember waking up as a child and breakfast would be at the table. My Mom would remind me of my daily chores – wash the dishes, make your bed, clean your room and make it to school on time.
These were my only responsibilities…I had room and board and the love of two parents. Today my feeling is I would love to be Free of adult responsibilities for just a day…..I remember the innocence of my thoughts and the world as a child and teenager.
I truly was a Free Spirit in my childhood and teenage years. I know we all have to grow up and mature but, today I would love to be Free in thought…not think about the bad, evil, jealousy, violence, corruption, high gas prices, high food prices, prejudices, timelines, debt…
TODAY ALL I WANT TO DO IS PLAY JACKS AND HULA HOOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tara R. Pulley
Keeping it Real
I will never be free until I embrace the “me” that I hide, not just from others, but from myself. I was afraid to release the person that I viewed as weak – literally feeling insulted by the mere thought that I would even consider letting her be exposed. I mean truthfully – I was planning on keeping her in the back-room forever, because I didn’t believe her balance was necessary…”Sike…”God makes no mistakes. Every ego has an alter-ego and I was terrified to meet my ascendant. Recently she started to ignore the boundaries that I set – slowly peaking her head outside of the door. Brave enough to smile when someone smiled at her, even though that embrace was foreign. Her smile made me smile, and I started to wonder if we could ever be friends… I think I will invite her for coffee.
We are looking for successful weight-loss stories to introduce in the MCJ Mission Makeover series…as we show self-empowerment as a healthy lifestyles success program.
If you have candidates that might be interested in participating please share our communityjournal.net web site. They can also enter the contest by calling our offices (414-265-5300) or email us at: advertising@ communityjournal.net.
We have a phenomenal program planned for our five winners at the MCJ Gala Brunch on Sunday, August 4th, 2013 at the Italian Conference Center.
The top winners, determined by “Before and After” photos, as well as validated weight-loss photos and journals; will be treated to expert consultants who will help them shop for their best look (coupons donated by the Boston Store will augment their apparel budget) and get hair-makeovers donated by local beauticians and make-up consults on the day of the event. They will strut their stuff during the Brunch.
And our doctors will teach and demonstrate how to change habits that sabotage weight loss. They are healers who now heal through teaching what, how, and when to eat healthy foods to reduce our maladies like hypertension, diabetes, nephrosis, heart-failure, asthma and cancer.
Please poll your groups. See if there are candidates from your organization. You become a cooperating partner and receive promotion support advertising. And you might just have one of the winners. So they win, the community wins and we all do better as we know better! Let’s build a healthier community together. We’re counting on you.
Meet the sistas who Motivate and Inspire with their words
Three local and upcoming women writers/authors have joined forces to write a thought provoking book based on their own real life experiences and reflections. Called “Sista Speak…Speak Lord!,” The three authors: Sonya Bowman, Zelda Corona and T.R. Pulley say the book provides wisdom and forethought for all audiences. The book is now in the process of having the book published sometime in the very near future. Below are their bios and samples of their individual work.
Zelda Corona – A high spirited and energetic individual who brings enormous vision and enthusiasm to any endeavor. As an Activator, she definitely makes things happen. Her passion is to inspire others to see beyond their grasp and reach for the unattainable through faith and favor. Zelda holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health Care Administration and an MBA with an emphasis in Corporate Communication. She is the founder of a mentorship alliance, “Victory Vision Life Coaching,” where she utilizes her motivational talents to uplift individuals and help them define their personal and career path. As a mentor, she encourages many through her own life experiences and challenges, and as an Adjunct Instructor for Concordia University, she makes it her mission to teach the total person regardless of the subject matter. You will find Zelda’s prose to be truthful and stimulating, illustrating examples of how she has taken 100% responsibility for her life by refusing to be a victim of any circumstance.
Sonya Bowman – “Maryam” came into this world in 1967 in Illinois, right outside of Chicago. Sonya has powerful faith based ethics instilled in her by her father Abdul-Muhammad, who started the multi-cultural center at UWM. Sonya is a motivator who leads by example, settling for nothing less than bringing visions to fruition. Sonya graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and is currently in completion of her MBA with a concentration in Health Care Administration. Sonya is a Lead Specialist with the Crisis Prevention Institute, and an avid supporter of community charitable events and committees. Giving back and paying it forward to the needy, disabled shut-ins, and those newly released from prison, is paramount for her. Sonya’s writing has enabled her to collaborate with her co-authors and others within the community – helping to open doors and find inner peace as it relates to keeping God first. As a true soldier of life’s trials and test, she is proud to have been raised with the necessary ingredients of – truth, courage, survival and the respect of self! It is these traits that have been her steadfast companions on her journey.
Tara R. Pulley – A take charge individual who accepts no prisoners. Tara’s unique approach is uncoated and direct, but her ability to put herself in the shoes of others depicts why she sits on the Board of the Convergence Resource Center for Women and her career choice of providing employment for those on community corrections. As an excellent communicator, Ms. Pulley brings realism and clarity to her writing which clearly lets her truths sign.
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) invites the public to attend the 7th annual Women in Science Series. Women in Science is an opportunity to meet outstanding female scientists and physicians and learn about their cutting-edge research.
Series subscriptions are available for a suggested minimum donation of $250, which supports two annual awards for promising women scientists. Admission, food and free parking are included at all of the events in the series:
April 25th, from 3 to 5 p.m., is the opening event, sponsored by GE Healthcare. Jacquelyn M. Paykel, M.D., MCW physician in obstetrics, gynecology, and integrative medicine, will present an integrative medicine approach to women’s common health concerns. Dr. Paykel will discuss a variety of treatment options, including bio-identical hormone therapy, meditation, and acupuncture. Dr. Paykel’s talk will be followed by a reception with the GE Women’s Network at GE Healthcare, 9900 Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa.
May 30th — Viruses: Small Packages with a Big Impact. Paula Traktman, Ph.D., Walter Schroeder Professor and Chair of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at MCW, will explain the intricate nature of viruses and how some can peacefully co-exist with humans, while others wreak havoc and cause devastating disease. Dr. Traktman is also the senior associate dean for research development at MCW. Her luncheon presentation is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin, 813 E. Kilbourn Ave.
June 27th – Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Why Some Thrive and Some Fail. Terri deRoon-Cassini, Ph.D., assistant professor of surgery, trauma and critical care at MCW, explains how posttraumatic stress disorder develops, who is at risk, and what factors decide who thrives and who suffers after experiencing trauma. This luncheon presentation is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin.
September 12th – Cardiovascular Disease: The #1 Killer of Women is Just a Heartbeat Away. Daisy Sahoo, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine/endocrinology at MCW, will present the latest information about heart disease, which is the number one cause of death for women. Dr. Sahoo will explain how your body controls its cholesterol levels and describe new ways to better assess your cardiovascular health. This luncheon presentation is from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin.
October 17th – The 2013 Women in Science Series concludes with the presentation of the Women Pioneers in Research Awards. The awards include a $10,000 research award to an established scientist and the $1,000 “Edward J. Lennon, M.D. Award for an Outstanding Woman Postdoctoral Researcher.” Female physicians, scientists and medical students will share lunch with series subscribers, and offer their personal perspectives on current medical research and life as medical students, respectively. This event is sponsored by Associated Bank and will take place at The Medical College of Wisconsin, 8701 Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The mission of Women in Science is to showcase outstanding research and provide financial support for women scientists at the Medical College of Wisconsin. For details, contact Linda Hruska, [email protected] or (414) 955-5863.