Nazaria Hooks, 3, of Milwaukee, inspects a mounted otter up close during the Milwaukee County Zoo’s Behind the Scenes Weekend. The otter, having died of natural causes, serves as an educational tool. About 3,800 zoogoers toured areas not usually open to the public during the recent two-day event. Zoo Pride, the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s volunteer auxiliary, led tours through the Zoo’s Commissary, underground Winter Quarters, elk barn, indoor hippo stalls, Aquatic & Reptile Center, and more. (Photo by Richard Brodzeller-Zoological Society of Milwaukee
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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: [email protected] 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 a $500 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. Join us.
by Danielle Canada
Tyler Perry talks to JET at the “Temptation” Red Carpet in Atlanta. Photo by Danielle Canada.
The star power reached a fever pitch in Atlanta at the premiere of Tyler Perry’s new movie Temptation. Fans lined up to catch a glimpse of Perry and his all-star cast that included Kim Kardashian, Jurnee Smollett and Lance Gross. All three stars were spotted at the screening alongside their costars Robbie Jones and Ella Joyce. And while Kardashian’s role in the film was initially heavily contested, fans rushed to take pictures with the reality star who showed off her pregnancy glow in an empire waist gown and Kardashian Kollection leggings.
According to the man of the hour himself, who arrived at the screening in a sleek silver coupe, his latest film was about much more than the socialite. “Putting the cast together was the easiest part of it,” Tyler Perry told JET on the red carpet. “When you bring this kind of message to people I think you are going to be against some sort of opposition. The message is not about Kim, it’s not about Jurnee, it’s not about anybody.This message is about what happens when you make a bad decision.”
Echoing Perry’s thoughts was veteran actress Ella Joyce who sparkled in a maroon ensemble and dished on the message of the motion picture. “The temptations that we succumb to, we end up having to live with those choices,” she said. “We go back and ask for forgiveness but some of those choices you have to live with.”
Perry also added that he ultimately wants the viewing audience to learn from the steamy scenes between Judith (Jurnee Smollett) and Harley (Robbie Jones). While they are aimed at making viewers hot under the collar, Perry says they have much more depth. The topic apparently hits especially close to home to the playwright considering that one of his close friends is currently dealing with the consequences of their actions.
“It’s all about people understanding,” Perry said. “I’m dealing with a friend right now who let one bad decision change his whole life. I’m talking to him every night to try and help him get it together. There are choices.”
Other stars at the premiere included Kandi Burruss, Nene Leakes and Cynthia Bailey of Real Housewives of Atlanta fame as well as Tika Sumpter, Rachel Roy and Jasmine Guy.
A black woman eating fruit. © Jason Stitt – Fotolia.com
by Sloan Luckie, Blackdoctor.org
Most people know how to eat right and exercise…right?
Maybe, maybe not. At a recent Body Under Construction book signing, I was asked, “Since everyone knows that we should eat right and exercisein order to live longer, healthier lives, why don’t we do it?”
I think that this is a great question that get to the very heart of why.
Here are the 7 UNLUCKY reasons I gave her…
Expectations. We set our expectations too high and establish unattainable weight and health goals. When these unattainable goals are not reached, most give up on attaining and maintaining optimal health before giving the process time to work.
Instant Results. Many expect instant results. They view themselves in the mirror and weigh themselves daily expecting an immediate transformation. When instant results fail to appear, many give up. Ironically, when we became overweight, the weight gained did not occur instantly. It was an insidious process that took place over a period of time.
Attaining and maintaining optimal health requires patience as a person reverses the unhealthy habits which took years to develop.
Procrastination. We find multiple reasons to start tomorrow. Many won’t start until they are required to by a doctor who warns if you don’t develop healthier eating and fitness habits, you are at risk for cancer, heart disease, type2 diabetes or other chronic illness. Start today so you can have many healthy tomorrows.
by Ruth Manuel-Logan, NewsOne
Singer Bobby Brown (pictured) has joined the ranks of celebrities who have taken their beef with theNational Enquirer in to a court of law. The crooner reportedly filed a $1 million lawsuit on Monday at a Manhattan federal court against the publishing giant and Derrick Handspike, who authored “Bobby Brown: The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing But…,” for allegedly leaking the story to the supermarket tabloid that he had plans in place to remarry his former wife, the late Whitney Houston, weeks before her death, according to the New York Daily News.
The story ran on March 26th of last year, six weeks after Houston’s tragic death, where she was found drowned in a bathtub at a Beverly Hills hotel after she reportedly overdosed on a cocktail of prescription drugs.
Brown also took offense to the fact that the story claimed he was cheating on his then-fiancee, Alicia Etheredge, with Houston. Brown and Etheredge tied the knot just three months after the story ran in the National Enquirer at a lavish Hawaiian ceremony.
The lawsuit comes on the heels of a mandated 55-day prison stint that Brown had to serve, after recently surrendering to authorities in Los Angeles for charges stemming from a previous DUI and driving with a suspended license charges. Luckily for the 44-year-old crooner, due to prison overcrowding, the L.A. County Sheriff’s department decided to release Brown early after having only served nine hours.
Brown is still on probation for four years, though, and has been mandated by a judge to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for 18 months.
New York — ESPN is staying in the family in giving its Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Robin Roberts at its annual ESPY awards this summer.
The “Good Morning America” anchor is being saluted for how she kept viewers involved in her treatments for two serious illnesses. She had breast cancer in 2007 and last year had to undergo a bone marrow transplant to treat a rare blood disorder. Roberts returned to “Good Morning America” last month.
Roberts came to sister company ABC from ESPN, where she was the network’s first black female sportscaster.
Most past awards recipients have sports connections, like former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt last year. But the ESPYs have also honored Nelson Mandela and the four men who tried to stop one of the Sept. 11 hijackings.
In this picture taken March 21, 2013, homes painted in bright colors cover a hill in Jalousie, a cinder block shantytown in Petionville, Haiti. Workers this month began painting the concrete facades of buildings in Jalousie slum a rainbow of colors, inspired by the dazzling cities-in-the-skies of well-known Haitian painter Prefete Duffaut, who died last year. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
by Trenton Daniel, Huff Post, BlackVoices
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — One of Haiti’s biggest shantytowns, a vast expanse of grim cinderblock homes on a mountainside in the nation’s capital, is getting a psychedelic makeover that aims to be part art and part homage.
Workers this month began painting the concrete facades of buildings in Jalousie slum a rainbow of purple, peach, lime and cream, inspired by the dazzling “cities-in-the-skies” of well-known Haitian painter Prefete Duffaut, who died last year.
The $1.4 million effort titled “Beauty versus Poverty: Jalousie in Colors” is part of a government project to relocate people from the displacement camps that sprouted up after Haiti’s 2010 earthquake. The relocation has targeted a handful of high-profile camps in Port-au-Prince by paying a year’s worth of rent subsidies for residents to move into neighborhoods like Jalousie. The government is now trying to spruce up these poor neighborhoods and introduce city services.
“We’re not trying to do Coconut Grove. We’re not trying to do South Beach,” said Clement Belizaire, director of the government’s housing relocation program, referring to Miami neighborhoods. “The goal that we are shooting for is a neighborhood that is modest but decent, where residents are proud to be from that area.”
While most residents welcome the attempt to beautify Jalousie, a slum of 45,000 inhabitants, critics say the project is the latest example of cosmetic changes carried out by a government that has done little to improve people’s lives in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country.
“This is just to make it look like they’re doing something for the people but in reality they are not,” said Sen. Moise Jean-Charles, an outspoken critic of President Michel Martelly, arguing that the money could have been better spent.
Amid its narrow corridors and steep steps, Jalousie has no traditional sewage system or electric grid. The slum is lit at night by candles and a web of wires that tap illegally into the public power system, dangling above the concrete homes. Water is provided by an outdoor spigot where people line up with buckets.
Some people wonder why Jalousie was chosen for the makeover, though officials say they plan to expand the project to other Port-au-Prince shantytowns.
Jalousie is unique in that its mountainside presence makes it visible to people living in the wealthy district of Petionville. Critics have suggested that the choice of Jalousie is as much about giving the posh hotels of Petionville a pretty view as helping the slum’s residents.
Belizaire said he welcomes controversy, adding that the project’s visibility is important. It’s a concrete accomplishment for the government and he contends that it does indeed help Jalousie residents.
“People are sitting on the balcony, having a beer, smoking a cigarette – whatever – and you have all of Port-au-Prince at your feet, and you’re living in colors,” Belizaire said, sitting in his office.
Jalousie, perched above rich Petionville, has become a flashpoint for class controversy in Haiti recently. It is among many slums that have sprawled across the hills of Port-au-Prince in recent decades because governments past and present have failed to provide affordable housing and basic services. Many of the homes crash down the hills every year during the country’s rainy seasons.
Haiti’s class divisions spilled into the streets last year when more than 1,000 people from Jalousie protested in central Port-au-Prince. They threw rocks at a luxury hotel and criticized rich Haitians, threatening to burn down Petionville if the government followed through with a plan to demolish their homes. Officials had wanted to tear down the homes next to a ravine to build a flood-protection project. During heavy rainfall, rocks from the ravine clog the entrance to a private school for the children of diplomats and wealthy Haitians.
The demolition never happened.
These days, most people in Jalousie chalk the protests up to a “misunderstanding,” and talk about the project with pride.
“It’s beautiful. Jalousie is not the same anymore,” Resilia Pierre, a 53-year-old wife and mother, said as she waited at a well to buy water. “We don’t have the means to do it ourselves. I would like to say `thank you’ to the people who did that.”
The government’s goal it to eventually paint 1,000 homes and other buildings.
Workers hired by three companies began two weeks ago by putting concrete finishes on the ash-colored facades of the slum’s cinderblock houses. Then they paint over the finish with bright colors using rollers, standing atop wobbly ladders next to buckets of paint. The entire effort is supposed to take six months.
Duffaut, one of Haiti’s most famous painters, was born in the country’s south in 1923. He studied at the Centre D’Art in the late 1940s and his work, appearing in museums worldwide, has long been a source of national pride.
While the project in Jalousie may be inspired by Duffaut, when completed it will still require a bit of imagination by the viewer to see his psychedelic cities in the sky, with their dazzling colors and surreal tiers that seemingly hovering in the air.
What residents will have in their neighborhood high up on a mountainside will be a lot of bright colors and a love of the artist.
“The people of Jalousie,” said Jamesson Misery, a coordinator of the project who lives in the slum, “we plan to honor Prefete Duffaut.”
Three years after its passage, the Affordable Care Act is still being vilified by some Republicans, but their ranks are thinning.
The Republican right wing has always been more than a little over the top when it comes to President Obama’s health care reform. They have a bizarre preoccupation with vilifying the president over this landmark piece of legislation. It has been described as everything from the harbinger of doom for the nation’s economy to the end of Western civilization.
Lately, the nation has been treated to a new stream of rhetoric that cannot be accurately described as anything but wacky. The latest assault comes from Michele Bachmann, the congresswoman from Minnesota who is a darling of the Tea Party and a former presidential candidate who is no stranger to hyperbole.
“We’re saying repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens,” Bachmann said, on the floor of the House of Representatives this week. “Let’s not do that. Let’s love people. Let’s care about people. Let’s repeal it now while we can.”
After that, she returned to the House floor and proclaimed that Medicaid, the giant federal and state health program for lower-income Americans, is a “ghetto.”
There is a stubborn resistance in the part of Bachmann and so many of her cohorts in the Republican fringe world to accept the fact that Obamacare has become a reality, validated and stamped by no less than theUnited States Supreme Court. There is a further determination on their part to turn a blind eye to the fact that so many Americans — many of them Black and brown — will now have improved access to health care.
Part of this stubbornness is, of course, political. To play to their base, the Republican frenzied right will continue to do all in their power to whip up hysteria over the Affordable Care Act, believing that it will enhance their own political prospects. Whether their fears are a reflection of facts is utterly insignificant to them.
There is a danger to this strategy, however. Americans are not fond of over-the-top rhetoric that seeks to create a hysterical public reaction. In the case of Bachmann, the hyperbolic overkill has gradually, but irrevocably, relegated her to the position of national laughingstock.
The other — and highly significant — factor is that three years after its passage, Obamacare is increasingly embraced by the American people, including more Republican governors who have a hand in how it is administered. The tide of public opinion began to change during the 2012 presidential election, when the Obama campaign firmly — and belatedly — began to tout the benefits of this important initiative. Despite what the Republicans might suggest, Obamacare is a good thing that helps people, the campaign finally pronounced while offering concrete examples.
Most important, Obamacare is now viewed by more and more people as a fulfillment of a long-awaited goal to make health care more accessible and more affordable and, thus, as something to celebrate.
(Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
by Mark Sherman, Hoff Post, BlackVoices, Power and Politics
Washington — The Supreme Court’s decision to hear a new case from Michigan on the politically charged issue of affirmative action offers an intriguing hint that the justices will not use a separate challenge already pending from Texas for a broad ruling bringing an end to the consideration of race in college admissions.
To be sure, the two cases involve different legal issues. The University of Texas dispute, with arguments already completed and a ruling possible soon, centers on the use of race to fill some slots in the school’s freshman classes. The Michigan case asks whether a voter-approved ban on affirmative action in college admissions can itself violate the Constitution.
But the broadest possible outcome in the current Texas case – overruling the court’s 2003 decision that allows race as a factor in college admissions – would mean an end to affirmative action in higher education and render the new Michigan lawsuit irrelevant.
If the justices are planning to overrule that earlier decision, “then I would think they would hold this case,” the new one, and order lower courts to review it based on the Texas decision, said Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the law school at the University of California at Irvine. He is representing students and faculty members in the Michigan case.
At the October argument in Fisher v. University of Texas, the court’s conservative justices sounded as if they were ready to impose new limits on the use of race in college admissions. More than five months have passed without a decision, which is not unusual in the court’s most contentious cases.
The appeal in the Michigan case comes from state Attorney General Bill Schuette, following a ruling from the sharply divided 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The appeals court, by an 8-7 vote, found fault with the 2006 constitutional amendment to outlaw “preferential treatment” on the basis of race and other factors in college admissions. The provision also applies to affirmative action in public employment and government contracting, but those issues are not being challenged.
The appeals court said the constitutional amendment is illegal under Supreme Court rulings from the late 1960s and early 1980s that prohibit placing special burdens on minority groups that want to bring about changes in laws and policies. The court said that forcing opponents of the ban to mount their own long, expensive campaign through the ballot box to protect affirmative action amounts to different, and unequal, treatment.
That burden “undermines the Equal Protection Clause’s guarantee that all citizens ought to have equal access to the tools of political change,” the appeals court said. By way of example, the court said that children of university alumni remain free to lobby lawmakers and university officials to adopt policies to take family ties into account in admissions.
Schuette said the notion that a measure that forbids discrimination on the basis of race can be unconstitutional is legal nonsense.