Milwaukee Community Journal Editor Thomas E. Mitchell, Jr. recently received the inaugural Darrell L. Turner Excellence Award from Brentwood Church of Christ’s Health Organization. The award was given to Mitchell for highlighting through the newspaper issues of health, youth development and community outreach. He was one of five individuals and organizations to be recognized. The award is named after Darrell Turner, one of the founders of the BHO, which was founded in 2003 to make health education essential and accessible to everyone throughout the entire community. Mitchell is pictured above with Sharon Chestnut, assist. executive director of BHO. (Kemp photo)
Potential Winners of MCJ’s ‘Mission: Makeover’ should begin to submit photos NOW! POTENTIAL WINNERS OF MCJ’s MISSION MAKEOVER SHOULD BEGIN TO SUBMIT PHOTOS NOW!
BY APRIL 30, 2013, we hope to introduce some of the participants in the MCJ newspaper and the Healthy Start edition and web-site.
Since only five winners will be selected, we want to keep the group small enough so each participant inspires the other participants and the prospects of winning are enhanced. Now, that’s a big incentive. So let’s get started! Send us your BEFORE SHOT…signed with date, when the photo was taken, with your name, address, email and contact phone number to the MCJ offices, listed below. Include a brief story (500 words maximum) about why you want to participate in the MCJ MISSION MAKEOVER for “HEALTHY START: YOU HAVE THE POWER, 2013.”
YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR Before Shots and the stories of why you want to participate beginning NOW. UPDATE SHOTS are encouraged, they show your progress. NOTE: (photos, journals, recipes, exercise tips, etc….will not be returned…they MAY be used in future articles as the year-long focus continues in the MCJ, and its related Health Start products.)
FINAL DEADLINE: Final submission of ALL BEFORE AND AFTER SHOTS ARE DUE BY MONDAY, JULY 1. 2013, WITH your journals of recipes, exercises, and special training tips, if applicable. REMEMBER! FINAL SUBMISSIONS FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST ARRIVE AT THE MCJ OFFICE BY JULY 1, 2013. NO EXCEPTIONS! JULY 1, 2013 IS THE FINAL DEADLINE FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS TO SUBMIT: (1). BEFORE, SHOTS, (2) UPDATE PHOTOS AND (3.) JOURNALS, AND (4), THEIR AFTER SHOT.
MISSION MAKEOVER Winners will be identified by July 20, 2013. THE COMMITTEE, including MCJ Staff, event supporters, and the event planner, will select on the basis of: (1) best physical change from BEFORE and AFTER photos, (2) the best story about why the loss and makeover is important, (3) the best journal of recipes, exercise tips and progress reports that led to successful completion of their journey to better health and improved quality of life. Winners will be applauded and celebrated at the MCJ Anniversary Gala Brunch on Sunday, August 4, 2013. The five winners will have their families and friends present to cheer them and acknowledge their successes. We applaud each entrant and thank those who called. WE DO HAVE THE POWER!
Note: Each participant must consult their doctor or health professional about dieting and weight loss. The Milwaukee Community Journal assumes no responsibility or any liability for personal decisions made about ones health or personal choices.
Atty. John Daniels
The Milwaukee Community Journal’s 2012 Man of the Year is noted Attorney John Daniels, who has been the chairman of Quarles & Brady LLP since 2007. In his position, he has led the firm through a fundamental transformation, shifting from the traditional operational model upon which most major law firms are built to a client-centric, business-minded organization. Mr. Daniels has driven this fundamental cultural shift in the midst of the worst economy in decades, leading to significant growth while most of the legal industry has declined.
Daniels is well recognized in the legal community as well as the business community. He was named by the National Law Journal as one of the nation’s fifty (50) most influential diverse attorneys in America. He is listed in The Business Journal of Milwaukee “Power Book” (2009 & 2010), was named 2009 “Lawyer of the Year” by the Milwaukee Bar Association, received the 2008 “Leadership Award” from the National Bar Association, and was identified as one of the “100 Managing Partners You Need to Know” by Lawdragon in 2008. Daniels is fully credentialed in legal literature, having been listed in The Best Lawyers in America (1993-present: Real Estate Law), Chambers USA (2003-present: Real Estate) and the 2005-2011 Wisconsin Super Lawyers lists (Real Estate). He is also Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated.
Daniels, formerly the national president of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, has established an impressive career in the practice of real estate law, representing national, regional, local and governmental owners, and investors. He has played a significant role in some of the most complex real estate redevelopment projects in the United States, including representing the largest property owner in connection with the redevelopment of the Midwest Airlines Center and representing the largest property owner in connection with the redevelopment of the Bradley Sports Center. He has also served as lead counsel for major institutions both in the financing and the disposition of commercial office space. He serves as national real estate counsel for Philip Morris Capital Corporation and has represented a number of major corporations on their real estate developments throughout the U.S., including General Electric Capital Corporation, Xerox Corporation and Kraft Foods.
Daniels has led Quarles to a position of industry prominence as a firm that values diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The Firm ranks impressively in surveys conducted by women’s and minority groups, and both clients and independent organizations have recognized and honored Quarles for its achievements in this area. As the only African American chairman in the AmLaw 200, Daniels was named one of the “50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America” by the National Law Journal in 2008, and he has received the 2008 James Howard Baker Award from the Community Brainstorming group for his efforts to improve the quality of life for African Americans in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He also received the “Human Relations Award” from the National Conference of Christians & Jews, the “Outstanding Community Leader Award” by the Thurgood J. Marshall College Fund, and he was named to the national Hall of Fame by the National Black Law Students Association in 2009. Most recently, Daniels recently received the 2012 Spirit of Excellence Award from the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Legal Profession.
A proud father and grandfather, Daniels and his wife Irma Daniels were named the 2012 Parents of the Year by the COA Youth and Family Centers.
She will be our Mistress of Ceremonies this Sunday at our 36th anniversary Gala! Ever since she was a little girl Cassandra McShepard wanted to be a designer. At 11 years old she started sewing clothes for herself, and by her late teens she was designing clothes for others.
A mere 20 years of age, she rented a small boutique space and opened her first atelier, and by 23 it was time to pursue a bigger dream of designing fabulous one-of-a-kind garments for entertainers.
She relocated to California, and inside 6 months she was designing exclusively for singer and actress Phyllis Hyman.
Her client list would eventually boast the likes of Nancy Wilson, The Manhattans, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Loose Ends, Abbey Lincoln, Glenn Jones, Allison Williams, Cherelle, The Whisperers, and journalist Soledad O’Brien
However designer clothing would not be the only thing that Cassandra would create. In a life by her own design she is a writer, motivational speaker, Spokesperson for The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute, jazz vocalist, personal trainer, and a radio and television personality. She is currently co-hosting the smash hit television chat fest REAL MILWAUKEE, which airs live weekdays on FOX6 from 9-10am.
Dr. Camara P. Jones, research director on Social Determinants of Health and Equity, Division of Adult and Community Health, will be the keynote speaker at the Milwaukee Community Journal’s 36th Anniversary Gala Sunday, August 5, 1 p.m., at the Italian Conference Center, 631 E. Chicago Ave. Part of the celebration will include honorees who have worked tirelessly to “Put the Neighbor Back Into the Hood: Strengthening Milwaukee in 2012.”
~ New Program Grants Qualifying Wisconsin Residents with a $10.00 Credit on Their Monthly Bill ~
MILWAUKEE, WIS. – Cricket Communications, Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services, recently announced the introduction of Cricket Lifeline Credit in Wisconsin, a government assistance program that provides a service credit each month for eligible residents in Southeastern Wisconsin. Qualifying customers for the Cricket Lifeline Credit in Wisconsin will receive a $10.00 discount on their monthly wireless bill for one phone in their household.
“Cricket is proud to offer this government assistance program to our Southeastern Wisconsin customers,” said Glenn Flowers, president East Area for Cricket. “We want to make quality wireless service more accessible, especially to those individuals and families whose economic situation makes it difficult to afford the wireless service they’ve come to depend upon. A $10.00 monthly credit for qualifying Wisconsin customers will make a big impact in improving the quality of lives for many families in need,” he said. “The Cricket Lifeline Credit reflects our standing commitment to the communities we serve.”
The Cricket Lifeline Credit in Wisconsin is now available and customers can apply at all Cricket branded locations, including the cities of: Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha and Madison.
Residents of Wisconsin may qualify for the Cricket Lifeline Credit through one of two methods:
- By participating in certain public assistance programs, such as SSI (Supplemental Security Income) or other select government programs; or
- By meeting the program’s income requirement, which is a household’s total annual gross income is at or below 150-percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
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While others bowed their heads Saturday as a minister prayed over Henrietta Lacks’ grave, her oldest son, Lawrence, could only stare at his mother’s new headstone.
He remembered the good and the sad. How cancer took her from him and his siblings in 1951 while they were children in Baltimore. How some of the diseased cells were retrieved from her body without her knowing. How they were cultivated in a lab and have led to medical breakthroughs.
Now the family was finally able to honor his mother with the headstone in her beloved Clover, where she’d rested for decades in an unmarked grave.
“She has done so much for us, her children, everyone else, in so many ways,” Lawrence Lacks said.
For decades, Henrietta Lacks was known in the medical and research community as “HeLa,” the name given to the first human cell line that allowed doctors to see how cells work. Since then, HeLa cells have been used to help find the vaccine for polio and treatments for leukemia, hemophilia and Parkinson’s disease.
Her cells continue to multiply in labs around the globe. HeLa has become a bedrock of medical research. But she was more than that.
Before Saturday’s memorial at the grave site, family, doctors and politicians gathered at Henrietta Lacks’ church, St. Matthew Baptist, to pay tribute to the science, but also to “Hennie,” as she was known here.
She was a friend who had a meal on the stove when people stopped by, and a caring wife and mother who moved her family from Virginia tobacco fields to Baltimore in the 1940s to give them a better life.
Two of her three sons and their children and grandchildren filled the front row and choir box of a packed church. They wore ribbons or shirts that were fire-engine red, the color Hennie used to paint her nails.
David Kroll, chairman of the department of pharmaceutical sciences at North Carolina Central University in Durham, said he wrote a thesis based on her cells.
“I want to talk to the young people in the family now. She is world famous. She is world famous!” he said as many in the crowd rose in applause.
“We talk about Obama, we talk about Franklin Roosevelt, but I’d put Henrietta Lacks up there with any of them.”
Another researcher, (Former Milwaukee resident) Dr. Roland Pattillo with the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, said that in the 1960s, he’d worked with Dr. George Gey at then-Johns Hopkins Hospital. Gey grew the cells and created the HeLa cell line, looking to find a cure for cancer.
In 1996, when few had heard of Henrietta Lacks, Pattillo began holding conferences in her honor. The recent release of a book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” has catapulted her name into the spotlight.
Pattillo and his wife (Patricia Pattillo – publisher of MCJ) gave the money to Morehouse to fund Lacks’ headstone. The family gathered money to buy a headstone for their sister, Elsie, who died in 1955, and that stone was dedicated Saturday along with her mother’s.
Patillo quieted the church by recalling another of Henrietta’s daughters, Deborah, who died last year. Deborah had worked with the author of “Immortal Life” to bring long-overdue recognition to her mother. She wanted the family to move beyond years of bewilderment and anger.
Until the 1970s, when researchers contacted them for blood samples in their attempt to figure out why HeLa cells were unique, no one in Henrietta Lacks’ family knew that doctors had taken her cells in 1951 or what scientists were doing with them.
Her children struggled over the years, dealing with the loss of their mom and then boggled by the news of the cells’ existence and that biomedical companies were making millions by growing and selling them.
Many in the family still don’t have health insurance.
Saturday was about closure, about healing, about moving on. Family members bubbled with the news that Oprah Winfrey plans to team up with HBO to produce a movie about their Hennie.
Lawrence Lacks, who for years would not talk about his mother, said he’s finally able to open up a bit about her. He wants to start a foundation to help cancer patients.
He knew how painful her death was. He remembers watching her struggle through the radiation treatments, which turned her honey-brown skin black around her stomach.
But now, he said, he believes it was all part of God’s plan.
Since its inception, this group has put together quite an impressive resume. The group has opened for national and legendary acts as diverse as the Temptations, George Benson, David Sanborn, The Supremes and Jennifer Holiday.
They have also performed at corporate functions for notable Corporations such as Northwestern Mutual, Johnson Wax, Quad Graphics and Time Warner. They have also performed at The Grand Opening Ceremony for The Midwest Express Convention Center and at the political galas for The Governors National Conference and The Mayoral Candidacy Party.
The group also performs for festivals, special events, weddings and private parties. They are repeat performers at some of Milwaukee’s annual festivals, Riversplash, Summerfest, Rainbow Summer and Bastille Days to name a few.
For a lighter side of music Christopher’s Quartet would be the perfect entertainment selection. The Quartet is a smooth, melodic infusion of Jazz delivered by four soulful musicians. The Quartet is comprised of keyboards, drums, bass and saxophone. Christopher’s Project is lead by saxophonist Chris Pipkins, a three-peat winner at Showtime at the Apollo, a prestigious Theater in New York City that showcases the best of up-and-coming talent. The groups lead vocalist Ameerah Tatum is one of the best female vocalists in the business.
Ameerah has performed locally as well as nationally. Her national and local credits include Janet Jackson and Eddie Butts, respectively. The rest of the group rounds out with Del Bennet on drums (Sister Moon). Eric Hervey on Bass (Darryl Stuermer). Theo Merriweather on keyboards and Darryl Thomas on Guitar (Chameleon). The group’s best asset is its ability to perform a wide variety of music for a wide age group. The group performs Classics like, “It Had To Be You,” “Unforgettable” and “Wonderful Tonight.” Dance hits like “All I Do,” “Black Cow,” “Celebration” and “I’ll Take You There.” And Originals like “9:25,” “Blu Mist,” “Suite 3” and “Serenade.” Their song list is vast and their talent is endless.