The Milwaukee Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. (TLOD) –a national women’s service organization, will kick off Father’s Day weekend with a celebration of Milwaukee’s Outstanding Fathers and Mentors. Thirty-six (36) local fathers and mentors have been nominated for this special recognition by family and friends. The “Fifth Annual Celebration of Fathers and Mentors Breakfast”, will be held, Saturday, June 18, 2011, 9:00 a.m., at the Clarion Hotel, 5311 South Howell Avenue. The 2011 Chairperson and event organizer is Ms. Catherine E. Miles, Retired MPS Administrator and tireless advocate for Milwaukee’s families and children. According to Ms. Miles “TLOD recognized that the need to show an appreciation for men who have accepted the responsibilities that accompany fatherhood or being a mentor was long overdue. We wanted to encourage men and their supporters to participate in this event. We have been encouraged each year by the enthusiasm for the event by honorees and supporters. 235 men have been honored in the past four years. We applaud the efforts of these extraordinary men. Top Ladies of Distinction is pleased to celebrate and continue to be trendsetters with this unique tribute to outstanding Fathers and Mentors annually. Celebrating honorable men on Juneteenth weekend makes each year’s event extra special for us. Five (5) years of this event is a wonderful tribute and accomplishment in our community” Join us as we recognize the following 2011 Honorees:Vincent Adams, Jermaine Allen, Anthony Ashley, Judge Carl Ashley, Antonio Avery, Eddie Ballard, Jason Thomas Beard, Jerome Bishop, Andrew Bowers, Rodney Bourrage, Sr., Stanley Brister, Beechie Brooks, Anthony Brown, Edward Carlson, Rev. David Carson, Maurice Cotton, Robert Cunningham, James Daniels, Pastor Clarence Easley, Davvon Eubanks, Frank Finkley, Corey Foster, James Godwin, Wilbur Isabell, Pastor Elliott Jones, Dr. Edgar X. Jordan, Paul D. Mackey, Jr., Charles McDowell, Victor Nwagbaraocha, Elliot B. Russ, Elder Lafayette Russell, Winston L. Sharpe, Jr., Vernon Singleton, Aaron Suggs, Ronald Washington, Napoleon White and Junius Yates Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for children ages 6-18. Please call 414-704-3444 or 414-760-3610, for ticket information.
While Jeannetta Robinson’s sudden death came as a shock to everyone, but it was no shock that she passed away doing what she loved—working at the organization she founded with her mother Claretta Simpson (Mother Freedom).
Robinson was founder and Chief Executive Officer of Career Youth Development Inc. (CYD) a 40 year old non-profit, multi-service agency with more than 20 programs designed to meet the needs of the economical, educational and socially challenged youth adults and families.
Robinson turned her pain into purpose in 1984 when her daughter Cheryl and her granddaughter—little Jeannetta—were murdered. Cheryl was scheduled to graduate from college before this tragedy occurred and little Jeannetta was a loving and kind child who was an “A” student at her school.
After their tragic and brutal deaths Robinson started a living memorial scholarship fund in their honor. She also began a Victim of Crime SUPPORT Group for others who had lost their loved ones. And, prior to her death, each year around Christmas time little Jeannetta Robinson gave some of her toys away to those young people who were less fortunate than herself. CYD has continued that legacy by conducting the largest toy giveaway in the field of community-based-agencies with their “Annual Christmas Toy Giveaway for Little Kids That Santa Claus Forgot, But God Remembered Through Your Gifts of Love.”
Robinson gained national recognition and respect for her contributions to the local and national civil rights movement during the 1960’s. She was the National Secretary for C.O.R.E. and the first African-American commissioner representative of the poor, elected to the Community Relations-Social Development Commission.
Robinson graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a B.S. in Education and a minor in Criminal Justice Administration. She continued her education at IBM’s famous Terrytown, New York School of Management. She has served five Governors on various Commissions; the Metropolitan Council on Criminal Justice, the State Consumer Council: the State Senate Legislative Reform Council; the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act State Advisory Group; the Juvenile Justice Task Force, the Division of Correction Advisory Board; the Marshall Sherrer Center Advisory Board.
Robinson was a trailblazer in the corporate community as well. She was the first black woman to work on the floor of a F.W. Woolworth in Milwaukee. She became head cashier and remained employed with the company for five years, opening the door for many other blacks. She was also the first black to work for Mobil Oil’s Accounting and Computer Center, where she worked for 11 years in payroll accounting until the company moved its offices to Texas.
While her awards and recognition’s are too numerous to name, suffice it to say Robinson was known as a modern day Harriet Tubman, Milwaukee’s own Marva Collins and is looked upon as a Mother Theresa in the Milwaukee Community. As she used to say, “There is no such thing as a BAD CHILD, only misguided youth who through CYD’s Love in Action services are put on the right path….”
Turning ones life around is never easy, especially when extenuating circumstances have made a talented, deep thinking young man believe that life is not what you make it….rather life is what is brought to you.
The early life of Torre Johnson is one punctuated with tragedy. His mother passed when he was two months old….he never remembered her at all. His father died when he was eight, so family, the gangs, the streets and drugs were equal players for the adolescent Toe Joe. His life mirrored what he saw, what brought him power and influence, and what brought him a way to make a living. And it landed him in Wales, the adolescent center for juveniles.
Counselors saw potential early but personal potential, self respect and belief in ones worth are learned responses. If you’re told “you’ll never amount to anything”…it’s easy to become “the victim” and often, counselors say, the victim wants to victimize. And that script played out a couple more times before Torre decided he was going to grow up.
One Judge asked him, after a second drug-related stint, “what are you doing here? You have what you need, you’re bright, you’re a leader, why don’t you decide to grow up and use the gifts you’ve been given”. “That was my wake-up”, Torre confides. “They say I have it but I have to believe it.” It is said that what a mind can conceive, it can achieve. And achievement became a focus, a personal decision, a keeping of a promise to Torre, Jr.”,he said “ My children’s mothers permitted me to be a father despite my incarceration”, said Johnson. “When you make a promise to your kids, and you came up as I did, you want to make things right. They were the focus I needed to turn my life around. They had become teenagers and I could not talk to them about what they needed to do without doing it myself. I never wanted to be a fake”.
“People like Jose’ Flores and Brother Saleem El Amin, Mother Claretta Simpson and Jeannetta Robinson were people who talked to me, they encouraged me. Family members, friends, my sons and daughters and, now, grandchildren are constant sources of love. I learned to love myself…I no longer wanted to be a victim. I wanted to help victims understand that one might not be able to dictate the circumstances of their birth, nor even their environment but making a life is a personal decision and we each make that choice. My life is an open book, today I can show others how I did it. I have been drug free over twenty years. I have been reaching out to young people over 10 years and I have been working with men who have returned from the criminal justice system for over 10 year now”.
“Lindsey Draper introduced me to CYD, in my youth; then Jose’ Flores led me to CYD through the Community Correction Education Program and WCS for my jobs; they and people like Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Lipscomb helped me see the “true Torre. I found the work I love; and I love to do my job. Of course, this journey required governmental assistance, stable employment, continuous support and affirmations and validations that school, classes, and workshops are the way to go and the way to grow”.
Exactly what Torre Johnson does for others, today, is what others did for him. His first position at WCS, Wisconsin Community Services, was as a Case Manager in the Gang Reduction/Project Safe Neighborhood Program. He works closely with Andre Robinson, Director of Violence Free Zone/L.C.C. He uses Russell Foods Store as his Community base. He also divides his week between Project Excel, where he is the Community Liaison and Youth Mentor Coordinator and the Holton Youth and Family Center. When the new WCS charter school opens, this fall, Torre will be the building manager.
His achievement trajectory has gone from being a client to an employee. His education skill-base has gone from GED to HSED, Criminal Thinking Group, to the High Intensive Program at Racine Correctional facility where he, along with other professionals, led the group and the Circle. The “Circle” focused on providing resources and creating life-progress opportunities so that maturing, changing one’s life-style and determining the next step to sobriety or freedom from drugs or anger management and forgiveness, and employment were constantly before the group. That program was so successful, it allowed Torre to be a great asset in his own assistance and participation at the many Restorative Justice Circles he attended outside of prison, and to return as a guest speaker for Ron Johnson of Marquette University’s Safe Street Initiative and others.
“ Today, men come up to me and shake my hand, thanking me for sharing my story, and guiding them to the next level, having them know that we believe in them and leading them to believe in themselves”.
Torre works in the neighborhood where he grew up. He knows the traps but he also knows the ladders. Through Wisconsin Community Services’ (WCS’s) collaboration with the Holton Youth and Family Center, Torre is site manager and works with the Running Rebels and Above the Clouds. He is on the Board of the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative, the Homicide Review Commission, Former Director of United Hands Across the Community, with Irene Correa, he consulted Milwaukee Country’s Task Force for Men of Color, under then, Supervisor Elisabeth Coggs, and as time allows, he participates with the African Male Men Unemployment Task Force under Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, he is Founder of the Inner City Common Council and “ANOTHER” – (Applauding New Opportunities To Help Each Other Rise).
He speaks often to varied groups about changing the image, the lives and recidivism within the community at educational institutions like MATC, UWM, Marquette, Bryant Stratton and the Phoenix. He works with other organizations like Safe and Sound, the 5th District Police Department Community Prosecution Unit, and Malaka Early Child Learning Center through a grant from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Violence Prevention Initiative.
On June 9, 2011, WCS will award Torre Johnson the 2011 Outstanding Leadership Award and on August 6, 2011 he will be among other Legacy Builders as his contributions in building lives and his community are applauded at the Academy of Legends Gala. Torre Johnson knows the walk and he can talk the talk but most importantly he passionately works to save lives and build a stronger community. He is making his mark and leaving a legacy.
Florence Dukes credits her aunt for her love of the arts. As a child her aunt saw that she took dance and voice lessons and, from that point on, she developed a love of the performing arts that has lasted a lifetime.
Though prior to her retirement in 2009, Dukes worked in a variety of managerial positions with the City of Milwaukee, her first love was always the arts, but she is thankful that her education and skills enabled her to bridge both careers.
Born in Miami, Florida, Dukes attended public schools in Dade County before attending St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She also earned a Master’s in Management Administration from Cardinal Stritch University. Dukes moved to Milwaukee in 1971 because her husband received a fellowship to get his Master’s degree here.
When she first moved to Milwaukee Dukes served as Executive Director of the Milwaukee Learning Center before becoming Executive Director of the Milwaukee Inner City Arts Council, a position she held for more than 12 years. Dukes speaks fondly of the time spent at the Inner City Arts Council, noting that the 70s and 80s were a wonderful time for African Americans to feel proud of themselves and that, through the Inner City Arts Council, she was able to provide a platform for people to gather, experience and be exposed to the various arts, while embracing their culture and history.
The mural on the old Inner City Arts Council building (located on 7th and North Avenue) remains as a legacy to that era, but the arts and culture that was once taught and experienced there has long since fallen by the way of other funding cuts, with arts often to be the first budget to be slashed.
Dukes said that it was an exciting time—a period of awakening– and that so many well-known Milwaukee artists—musicians, dancers, actors, and singers—nurtured and practiced their gifts at the Inner City Arts Council. Many have gone on to become successful artists and entertainers, nationally and internationally. One of the things Duke is most proud of is when the Inner City Arts Council, through the Milwaukee County Comprehensive Employment Act, was able to get artists placed in public schools to teach the arts.
These days Dukes’ involvement in the arts is mostly as a patron of the arts. She enjoys attending performances at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and frequently attends local art shows. And, while the only tangible remnant of the Inner City Arts Council’s existence is the mural on 7th and North Avenue, Dukes is a living monument to an era of artistic beauty, cultural awareness and historical appreciation.
Supervisors adopt resolution opposing concealed carry
A resolution authored by Milwaukee County Supervisor Eyon Biddle, Sr., opposing concealed carry legislation was adopted by the full County Board this morning. Supervisor Biddle released the following statement after the vote was taken:
“I’m pleased that the County Board has approved this resolution. I hope the Legislature hears our voices and stops this bill in its tracks. Allowing people to carry a concealed weapon is bad enough; it’s even worse that they’re considering a bill that doesn’t even require a permit or training.
“Guns are dangerous weapons used to kill people in Milwaukee. I can’t make it any more clear than that. Just this week, someone was shot and killed in a pizza shop in Milwaukee’s East Side. Allowing concealed carry would only lead to more cases like this one.
“State leaders continue to toy around with this very serious issue. They are unwilling to come up with commonsense solutions that not only protect rights but ensure public safety. I don’t understand how increasing guns – with no accountability or oversight – somehow makes us safer.
“I am particularly concerned that concealed weapons would be allowed onboard Milwaukee County Transit System buses; in the main terminal of General Mitchell International Airport; and in our parks, zoo, museums and mental health complex. These are all places where families expect to be safe.
“If the bill becomes law, Milwaukee County would be forced to install additional magnetometers at all public entrances, at a cost of $8,000 each, as well as provide storage lockers.
“Considering the hundreds of properties owned by the County, containing thousands of public entrances, the cost to taxpayers could reach millions of dollars.”
Local Black business pioneer Clara Mattox passes
Funeral services will be held Monday at Greater Galilee Baptist Church for Black business pioneer Clara Mattox. Mattox, 81, passed away Sunday.
She was recently named by the Community Journal to the Academy of Legends for lifelong achievement.
A well-known political and civic leader, Mattox was the co-founder of Wisconsin’s first Black owned nursing home, Convalescent Nursing Home. She later changed the name of the nursing home to Steven Bryant when she built a state of the art facility on the corner of 6th and Walnut Streets.
Mattox started the nursing home with friends Jesse Hudson and Lula Brown, brother Eugene Epps and her father, John Holt. She was the first Black Wisconsinite to receive a license as a nursing home administrator. Steven Bryant, named after her two grandchildren, housed over 180 patients who were provided exceptional care with a cultural emphasis.
Rev. Sideena Holt, Mattox’s sister-in-law, recalled that Steven Bryant filled a void in the African American community.
“Until Convalescent, and later Steven Bryant, Black elderly had to give up important cultural aspects when they moved into nursing homes. What Clara brought to the table was an important cultural ingredient, not just the food that they were used to, but those cultural nuances that are unique to our community.
“Clara was a phenomenal woman. She was a true trailblazer.”
Former State Senator Monroe Swan echoed Holt. Swan was a champion for Steven Bryant when state officials withheld funds under what Swan then called political circumstances meant to cripple or close the successful Black business.
“They slowed up payments to the point where she (Mattox) had problems paying her mortgage. The closing of Steven Bryant was a direct state induced move that forced the business in receivership; they in essence took her property away.”
The controversial state actions, which officials later admitted were unnecessary and egregious–and some community leaders called racially motivated–not only hurt the patients, but the dozens of workers the nursing home employed.
“Mrs. Mattox not only provided unique services to her clients, but to the community,” Swan said.
Hundreds of people found employment at the nursing home. Steven Bryant was also a catalyst for several businesses, including Bryant Restoration, an adult day care and rehabilitative center that was located on Green Bay Ave. Mattox ran that facility until her retirement a few years ago.
Mattox was also a Black business advocate, having served for many years as the president of Gamma Phi Kappa Women’s Business Club.
Mattox was born in Ellerlie, GA. Her family moved to Milwaukee when she was six. She attended 9th Street, Roosevelt and Lincoln high schools.
An early member of St. Matthew C.M.E. Church, she later joined Greater Galilee when she married her lifelong partner, Ben Mattox. The couple had three children, Verna Marie, Jeanette (Reese) and Loretta (Hawkins).
She is survived by three brothers, James (Rev. Ann), George (Rev. Sideena) and Reverend Robert (Sandra) Holt. She was preceded in death by a sister, Amanda (Woods), Mitchell and Henry Holt, and Epps.
She had four grandchildren, Billy, Bryant and Angela, and Steven, who preceded her in death.
by F. Finley McRae, Special to BlackAmericaWeb.com
Almost a century ago, the incomparable heroism of Henry Lincoln Johnson and his comrades in the famous “Harlem Hellcats” instilled pride and hope in black Americans seeking political and economic justice.
Now, 93 years later, Johnson, the shining star of New York City’s all-black 369th Infantry Regiment, which displayed extraordinary valor on a dark and dismal French battlefield on May 14, 1918, may finally receive a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s penultimate military badge of distinction for courage under fire.
The 369th’s approximately 3,000-man volunteer unit was lent to the French army by General John J. Pershing, who commanded the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF).
Despite federal policy that denied blacks combat roles in white American units, the Hellcats distinguished themselves in battle and were credited with helping to save French forces from falling in the last major German offensive on the western front, securing a place in military history for themselves and African Americans.
Late in the conflict, only the Hellcats’ ferocity prevented the Germans from wresting Paris from the French. The 369th spent a record 191 consecutive days in combat, longer than any other American unit.
French commanders, dependent on war-weary, terribly fatigued troops, warmly welcomed the 369th when they arrived on Jan. 1, 1918. In many previous campaigns, French generals had positioned hundreds of thousands of French-speaking Africans from Algeria, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Serra Leone.
In France, African Americans soldiers hoped their valor would be a passport to increasing social and political equity in the United States.
They were so focused winning the war and displaying their patriotism that they ignored the propaganda leaflets dropped on them by German pilots, which cited gross racial abuses inflicted on “Negroes” in the United States. The leaflets pointed to the 369th’s valiant efforts in defending the interests of whites who continued to oppress blacks on the home front.
In battle, Johnson and his mates never lost an inch of territory, nor were they captured by the enemy. At least 200 of them were killed and another 1,300 were wounded, including Johnson, who was shot three times and suffered 21 debilitating knife wounds.
Johnson’s cause has been taken up by U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and and Ronald Wyden, D-Ore.
In early May, Schumer and Wyden sent 2,000 pages of new information to Robert Much, the Secretary of the Army, to argue that Johnson should have been awarded the medal long ago. The senators said the new information reinforces existing documentation in Johnson’s case.
“Henry Lincoln Johnson remains an incredible example of bravery and patriotism today and it is time that he receive his long overdue Medal of Honor. I’m hopeful that the new evidence we’ve uncovered will get Henry Lincoln Johnson the recognition he so rightly deserves and I’ll be working with Senator Wyden to make that happen,” Schumer said in a statement.
Johnson’s granddaughter, Tara Johnson, the daughter of his son Herman, who died in 2004, said her family was grateful to Schumer and his staff for their efforts. Her grandfather, Johnson said, “in a time when such honors were not bestowed on women and minorities.”
She said she hoped that “the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Henry Lincoln Johnson will have the honor of accepting the Medal of Honor on his behalf and complete the long journey of his devoted son, Herman Archibald Johnson, who undertook it until his passing.”
Herman Archibald Johnson was a president of the Kansas City, Mo., NAACP chapter, a member of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund board and a Tuskegee Airman.
No black soldiers in World Wars I or II received Medals of Honor in the immediate aftermath of war, compared to 124 of them in World War I and another 464 in World War II for white servicemen.
The French government quickly rewarded Johnson’s daring with its highest honor, the Croix de Guerre with gold palm leaf, making him the first American to receive France’s highest military medal for heroism in battle.
The Croix de Guerre with a special citation also was given to Needham Roberts, Johnson’s comrade on sentry duty the day of the battle.
In 2002, President Clinton, awarded seven Posthumous Medals of Honor to African American soldiers for heroism in both conflicts. The first black soldier who fought in War World I to be awarded a Posthumous Medal of Honor was Freddie Stowers.
A member of the 371st Infantry Regiment, 371st Infantry Division, Stowers sacrificed himself when he led a charge and was killed in the ensuing battle.
Dozens of prominent officials have lobbied on Johnson’s behalf, including Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., and former Albany N.Y. Mayor John McEnery, now a state legislator.
The May 1918 battle began when German soldiers cut the wire protecting Johnson and Roberts’ post in an effort to launch a surprise attack. Johnson heard the snipping and had placed 30 grenades in a row.
Johnson surprised the Germans with the grenades, but soon was hit by one an enemy raider lobbed at him. Johnson then fired several shots from his rifle, but it jammed, so he used its butt end as a weapon and slashed other enemies with his long bolo knife.
Roberts, badly injured, could not stand, but sat upright and passed grenades to Johnson who tossed them in rapid sequence.
Two Germans, apparently never counting on Johnson to catch them, dragged Roberts away. Johnson, enraged by the thought that his young friend would be tortured, slashed at them. They released Roberts and ran. So did the party’s other soldiers.
The fight lasted an hour before a small group from the 369th arrived.
Johnson collapsed and both he and Roberts were taken to a hospital.
The 369th returned by ship to New York City, and, on Feb. 17, 1919, were feted “by a lavish tickertape parade to welcome them home,” according to the American National Biography Online.
But only six months after the celebration, Johnson, dogged by the severity of his wounds and unable to return to his pre-war Pullman porter’s position, was suffering from depression, his grandson Herman Robert Johnson, a city councilman in Clark Summit, Pa., told BlackAmericaWeb.com.
“He went to France as a young man and came back an old man. He had metal plates in his feet and shrapnel on his upper left side, which affected his back,” the younger Johnson said.
Driven to alcoholism, despair and the inability to support his family, Henry Lincoln Johnson died penniless and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Roberts, who died in a mental institution, is buried in Fairmont Cemetery in Newark, New Jersey.
President George W. Bush, “never approved the request for a Posthumous Medal of Honor for my grandfather. It sat on his desk from 2005 to 2008,” Herman Robert Johnson said.
Even in death, the United States government exploited Johnson’s heroism and marketing value by using his image on Army recruitment posters. The Pentagon continued this practice until 1976.
Chaka Khan received her long overdue star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame during a ceremony recently that included her family and good friend Stevie Wonder.
“We’re all very excited for Chaka,” Stevie told the crowd before breaking into an acapella version of her hit “Tell Me Something Good,” which he wrote for her in 1974.
“Oh my god,” Khan said. “I’m like, oh, hell to the no. This is so fabulous. I am so honored. I don’t … do I deserve this? All I’m doing is what I love to do.”
“Singing is my sanity,” she added. “That is the way I stay as balanced as I possibly can, if you want to call this a balance. The best thing that you can do is to do something that you love and believe in. This is a blessing. This is another jewel in a crown of many jewels that I wear spiritually.”
“When I told a lot of people I was getting my star, they said ‘you ain’t got no star? I thought you had a star 20 years ago!’” she said.
Khan received the 2,440th star in the Recording category and it is located at 6623 Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the My Studio nightclub in Los Angeles.
The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County will participate in the Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 30th . The parade starts at 2:00 p.m. 4th & Wisconsin Avenue. Veteran groups will march east to the War Memorial Center and north to Veterans Park. This year’s parade is in recognition of the U.S. Air Force, Colonel Kenneth Sweet is this year’s parade grand marshall.
A wreath-laying ceremony will follow the parade at the War Memorial Center’s reflecting pool. Remembrances for POW/MIAs and a Metropolitan Community Concert band performance will take place.
In 2010 The Salvation Army made 900 visits to hospitalized veterans in Milwaukee.
Milwaukee Home Business Expo is first of its kind in Wisconsin
The Milwaukee Home Business Expo will showcase legitimate, home-based business opportunities and resources on June 4, 2011 at Wisconsin State Fair Park from 10AM to 5PM. The event will also present informational seminars throughout the day, including lawyers from the Milwaukee Bar Association discussing tax law and how to legally establish a home business, along with seminars from featured business opportunities led by those who currently live the work-from-home life.
The Milwaukee Home Business Expo Producer Tim Gill is also the owner of famed bargain-shopping event, Rummage-A-Rama!
“What I enjoy most about Rummage-A-Rama! is giving individuals the opportunity to generate income. The Milwaukee Home Business Expo is aimed directly at helping people find long-term ways to do that,” Gill explained.
Gill is excited to see the show grow, and believes Milwaukee will see an increase in job-focused events and expos in the near future.
“Job fairs are great,” Gill said, “but I think Milwaukee needs a show focused solely on home-based, work-by-your-own-schedule opportunities. We haven’t seen a show quite like this yet.” Gill believes that creating a platform for these opportunities will allow attendees to easily find the best fit for them. Expo attendees will receive a free comparison guide of all participating opportunities and a listing of useful tools and resources for effective home-business management.
Admission to the Milwaukee Home Business Expo is $10, but advance tickets may be purchased online at a buy-one-get-one-free rate of $10 for two. Students and active military personnel attend FREE with applicable photo ID.
All attendees can enter a FREE hourly raffle drawing to win helpful home business tools.
The Milwaukee Urban League Young Professionals (MULYP) along with more than 50 other Urban League Young Professionals chapters around the country will host their National Day of Service (NDoS) on Saturday, June 11, 2011.
The MULYP is an auxiliary to the Milwaukee Urban League. Our primary focus is to provide community service opportunities to our community professionals as well create leadership development opportunities for its members. With more than 50 Young Professional chapters in the country, Milwaukee is one of the oldest and most productive, having received the Central Region Chapter of the Year in 2010 in Washington D.C. at the National Urban League’s Centennial Conference.
The NDoS is an annual event where we address 1 of the 5 Empowerment Areas and host a community service event for our local community. This year’s event we have decided to host a Health and Wellness Block Party! We plan to broaden awareness of the major distresses in the African American community which are: HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, Breast, Colon and Prostrate Cancers, Hypertension, Obesity/Childhood Obesity, and some Mental Health issues, all the while fellowshipping with our community! This year’s event is planned to be an outreach awareness service program, to educate our community on the wide-spread diseases that affect our lives and our children. We will have activities for all ages; Music and games and prizes galore! We will have culinary artist provide demonstrations on how to prepare healthier meals without losing the taste and value the nutrition. We will have on-site health screens, awareness tables and short classes of fitness throughout the day.
We will culminate the day with Milwaukee’s largest Zumba class! With the new Zumba craze, we thought this was a great way to bring the community together. What is Zumba? Zumba is a dance fitness program that combines international music with dance in an effort to make exercise fun.
This event is free and open to the public. We invite people of all ages to attend. We encourage attendees to come dressed in proper workout attire. MULYP t-shirts will be available while supplies last.
We have partnered with several local health organizations to include the City of Milwaukee Health Department, the City of Milwaukee Fire Department, Black Health Coalition, the Milwaukee Heritage Health Center, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., The American cancer Society, The American Heart Association, The American Diabetes Association, Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin, New York Life Insurance Co. and others. We also have corporate partners Walgreens, Direct Supply and US Cellular.
For more information contact Lance Blackwell at [email protected] or 336-
African-American singers are probably most recognized for their contributions in the R&B and Gospel musical genres- but the truth is that blacks have been a part of the Classical music scene for quite some time- they have taken center stage in operas around the world.
The Root takes a look at some opera singers who are at the top of their game.
Meet some of the opera powerhouses:
- Michèle Crider, Lyric Spinto Soprano– Made her American debut with the San Diego Opera as the lead in Verdi’s Aida. This soprano has made her mark at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City; La Scala in Milan, Italy; and other major opera houses around the world.
- Lawrence Brownlee, Tenor- He’s performed at the Metropolitan Opera and La Scala, as well as opera houses in Berlin, Paris, Rome and London. His credits include Daughter of the Regiment, The Barber of Seville and Armide.
- Angela Brown, Soprano- The New York Times described her voice as possessing a “potent, dusky lower register [and] soft high notes of shimmering beauty.” Her show “Opera…From a Sistah’s Point of View” is part of her mission to make opera accessible to all. Her roles include the Verdi heroines Aida and Il Trovatore’s Leonora.
- Noah Stewart- He has starred as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca. He recently returned from almost two months in South Africa, where he performed the lead role of Don José in Bizet’s Carmen with a predominantly African cast. Stewart is now in London performing the role of Rodolfo in La Bohème.
- Karen Slack, Lyric Spinto Soprano- If you’ve seen Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls, you have already seen and heard this West Coast resident. She has performed as Violetta in La Traviata (Verdi’s adaptation of an Alexandre Dumas play) and, in Melbourne, Australia, as Desdemona in Otello. Look for a soon-to-be-released recording of Verdi’s Requiem, where she’ll be singing lead soprano.