MKE Monday Juice
As we wrap up the summer, I must admit it’s a beautiful thing to see the city come together in all the ways that it has. From the Bucks and the Brewers games to the parks and outdoor festivals the city has had a heck of a summer. It’s been fun seeing the unity that our city has lacked for many seasons.
Between Summerfest, Bronzville, State Fair, Greek Fest, and so many more, Milwaukee has been pretty lit so far this entire year. Kids are in transition to start back school which means for some families they’re going to have to make a way out of no way. Granted some families are eating just fine, but either way this time of the year isn’t always fun. It’s time to buy back to school clothes, shoes, supplies, and uniforms. That means more expenses and less money to do any thing else.
Yet, special thanks to community organizations, like Missionary Currie for Women and Children, over 100 families were blessed with book bags with school supplies included, shoes, and even school uniforms over the weekend. Missionary Currie for Women and Children hosted a back to school block party for those in need. This non-profit organization is designed to help mothers who are going through a hard time who may be in need of resources and supportive services.
On Saturday they blocked off the 21st block of Hampton and had a ball. There were kids were playing, singing, and dancing. They were jumping while having fun in the bounce houses. Many people— kids and adults were hitting the stage like Lea V. Poetry and even Anthony Hibbler and his drum line. There were hot dogs, burgers, nachos and ice cold drinks.
Families were smiling, laughing, and playing enjoying the summer or what’s left of it. It was a whole vibe; A vibe that stood for unity; A vibe that was needed.
I feel our city needs so much more of this work. We must learn how to serve our people. It’s the only way to help. The more people who can help and realize they’re in a better place than others the better the community will be. It takes humility to make an impact. It’s about being able to empathize and understanding that anyone could be on any side of the table.
No one is invincible and when life hits, it can hit you pretty hard. The more we begin to focus on giving and be grateful for what we currently have, the better things will be. Just imagine a city boldly dedicated to looking out for one another.
Lots of times we hop on Facebook and see people bragging and boasting about the good deeds they do in the city but where the magic really happens is in those dark places that never get exposed. I’d like to personally thank Missionary Currie for Women and Children Inc. for all the love you guys consistently show the city. We need more organizations like you!
As we know there are many silent killers as it relates to health conditions. Some serious health issues are curable and some aren’t. Just like many cancers, lupus is a critical illness that doctors have yet to find a cure for. It’s a disease that consistently fights within. Lupus patients have white and red blood cells that fight against each other. Thus reducing the strength of your immune system. Without an immune system, it’s tremendously hard for your body to fight bacteria and other viruses that inter the body.
Lupus is one of those illnesses that is different per individual. Some people wake up and their skin is effected by lupus, while others can barely make it out the bed, like Milwaukee’s own, Dymond Williams. Dymond has been fighting lupus for about 14 years. She was diagnosed at 17 and her life hasn’t been the same since.
Dymond is a young lady in her late 20s fighting the fight of battling lupus but does it with a smile. As a teenager she was diagnosed and hospitalized shortly thereafter. For 10 years straight she was in and out of the hospital, meeting doctor after doctor, taking meds upon meds yet nothing seemed to work.
There were many days where Dymond would find herself helpless, literally crawling out the bed to use the restroom. Her body would give her lots of pain at any given time. She ended up having a stroke, losing memory, and her ability to complete sentences. Thankfully she recovered.
Fighting lupus hasn’t been easy for her at all. She feels because of it she’s lost many friends simply because she can’t hang like everyone else. She knows that if she decides to step out for a drink with friends her body will make her pay for it. With guy friends she feels it’s been a struggle mainly because of the lack of understanding. It’s frightens people to know what’s going on in her body but not to know what they can do for her. Sometimes they think it’s something she can brush off when it’s not the case.
When it comes to lupus, Dymond feels it’s constantly pushed to the side. She believes it needs way more recognition because most people don’t understand how serious the illness is. She says often times people don’t believe her because of how she appears on the outside— hinting at her natural beauty.
Nonetheless Dymond is on a mission to become more open, transparent, and even more helpful to those fighting the same battle as her. She knows that she doesn’t live the same lifestyle as those who don’t have the lupus battle to fight. It saddens her that she can’t wake up and go to work everyday like “regular” people. Yet she keeps fighting. She keeps praying, she keeps believing and she keeps winning with God as her strength.
I’m inspired by the courage to tell such a story and I’m encouraged by the strength Dymond displays every time she chooses to keep going.
How many people among the black community know someone who went to prison? Sadly, almost everyone knows a black man when got locked up for one reason or another. It’s so often we hear about our young boys and men making bad decisions that ultimately lead them to the prison system. It’s also too often that our black men get locked up for years for non-violent crimes. It’s too often our men are falsely accused as well.
When it comes to black male incarceration rates, The Business Insider mentioned that in state prisons (2016), African-Americans were incarcerated at 5.1 times more than whites. Yet, 77 percent of the US is whites, while only 13 percent are black. In 2005, Wisconsin’s jail and prison incarceration rate of blacks was 4416 per 100,000 to just 415 of whites. As of 2016, we still have the highest incarceration rates in the country.
The questions that come to my mind is what causes this to happen so often? What can be done to prevent it? What is it that will make a first offense criminal not have second offense? How can we change our city? Are our black men being guided?
These questions linger in my mind as a look at how imperative it is for us to unite. We need a change in our community. Millennials are booming left and right, starting their own businesses, working for progression, and even launching their own books. There’s so much positivity going on in Milwaukee but what are we doing collectively?
After seeing When They See Us, many people were exposed to the wicked truth about the justice system. For those who believe the police, judges, and other government officials always do the right thing were sadly mistaken. And to think they were the only ones who were ever falsely accused would be a lie. Just look at the statistics. But again, what can we do?
In my opinion, we need more leaders who are not afraid to listen to what our young people have to say about the choice they make. They need more inspirational influencers in their lives to let them know that they too can make a difference. Our millennial and young people are our future and I truly believe it’s up to us to let them know their worth. We all have a role to play, and a position to hold.
I think restructuring the system and what makes you a “criminal” is a start. For instance, Illinois just legalized marijuana and over 770,000 cases are available for expungements. That is a huge number. All of those cases were non-violent but each person was still considered a criminal.
The saddest part to me is the aftermath of these crimes in states that have yet to legalize. Felons have the hardest time after that one mistake that they made. They can barely find a job or even be approved for housing. I think because it’s so complicated for them to get on their feet they give up and go back to what they know. It’s unfair in a way, in my opinion. I think it shouldn’t be so “easy” to become a felon.
In essence, I believe re-identifying what makes you a criminal would be a great start. No it’s not going to happen in a day or a year but if we begin the process, many lives will be changed. Let’s always remember to stick together. Help each other always and spread love.
Have you ever sat down with yourself and reflected on your life? You ever wrote down your priorities? You ever written out your greatest assets and core values? What about your goals? Do you even have them?
Do you know where you want to be 10 years from now? Do you know what you want your career to look like; finances; household; education? Has goal setting ever been an interest to you?
Having goals and expectations for yourself is what keeps you moving forward. It gives you direction and provides intention. Why is this so important? It’s important because without intention, you’re just existing. Without intention you have no purpose.
To exist is to be, to survive, to breathe and be alive. But to live is to be remembered. It involves action. It’s beyond survival. When you live, there’s a reason behind the breath that you take everyday.
It’s important to know the things you want out of life because when you don’t have goals it’s a lot easier to drown in chaos. For instance with finances, if you have no intentions to save, you’ll easily find yourself spending shamelessly. But when you have a financial goal in mind, like purchasing a car, you will be a bit more conscious of how you spend your money.
Life is more than living and accomplishing your dreams. It’s also about how you choose to treat people. Granted everyone isn’t a peoples person, yet it’s extremely imperative that you reflect on how you treat people. We are humans and we were made to interact with one another; to build each other up.
Yes, if truth be told there are many people who mistreat others. Many people are rude, cruel, and evil towards others. Many people lie, cheat, and betray people that they say they love. I mean the list goes on.
But what matters most is what you do. How do you talk to people? How do you help people? How do you serve people? How do you make people feel after talking to them? What do the majority of people say about you?
People may not ever remember your name or where you come from or where they know you from but one thing they will always remember is how you made them feel.
With that being said remember to stay humble and move with intention. Always have a goal in mind and a plan in place. Let your creativity and natural gifts lead you down a great path. Allow your determination and skill set take you places you’d never imagine.
Always live outside the box. There’s nothing that can stop you from your greatness besides your fears and unwillingness to work harder. You are special and you weren’t put here on this earth without a reason. You have the right to be great. So be great, be kind, be remembered, and be intentional in everything you do.
In a city that has been named the most degraded city in the country, and the worse place for African Americans to thrive, we find happiness in our daily living regimes. The summer time is particularly upbeat, there are festivals galore and events going on all summer for. There was a time where we had Afro Fest which celebrated black culture at the summer fest grounds, that was taken away and then revived every year at various parks. That festival took place earlier this summer at Brown Deer Park, but another event took place this past weekend to celebrate Black culture.
The Black Arts Fest of Milwaukee Happened August 2ndand It was Phenomenal. After it’s inaugural year in 2018, it founders boasted a attendance rate of over 9,000. It is of no wonder that they brought the event back for a second year. Although it was not the Afro Fest we enjoyed in the past, the festival grounds showcased local talent, arts and brought in food vendors of Black descent for many tasty dishes.
“It was nice to be down here again celebrated us.” That was a quote from woman as she talked with about the history of the festival. The night was capped off when R&B singing sensations SWV rocked the stage at 10:15 that night. The event with a lot of positivity and no issues, let’s keep that up Milwaukee.
The world we live in today can be very dark an gloomy. We are saddened by the shootings, killings, and even racial injustice that occurs. We are easily exposed to the negatives in our society. We stroll down our neighborhoods and it’s easy for us to see the effects of poverty. When we turn on the radio or the news we see the chaotic hate crimes happening in our country.
Many times it’s sickening. Meanwhile some of us live our lives striving day to day just to get by— Setting goals but never accomplishing them because life gets in the way. We try to move forward but no matter what obstacles still come our way.
But I’m a firm believer that there is a way out and that way out is you. I believe that there is no way to control what life throws at us but at least we can choose how to react to the obstacles thrown our way. With that being said I’d like to share the five rules that I believe can help you to tap into your happiness.
1. Understand that happiness is a mindset not just an emotion. Many people believe happiness is obtained through financial status and material things while I disagree. Happiness must be created but in order to create it, you have to know the things that make you happy.
2. Spend more time with yourself. Instead of telling yourself you need to get out and have fun, learn to get to know you. Find out what your gifts and talents are and learn to make that your happy place.
3. Surround yourself with positive forces. The people you spend the most time with make a great impact on your mood. Make sure you spend time with people who share the same morals, values, and beliefs as you. Ensure that the people around you motivate you to become your best.
4. Try new things. Don’t get stuck in the habit of doing the same activities. Work towards a lifestyle of adventure. It’s mentally healthy to create new memories and step outside of your comfort zone.
5. Help others. A lot of times we feel our situations are so bad that things couldn’t be worse. But if we take a deeper look we will find that no matter where we are in life we are in a position to help someone who is less fortunate. This help does not have to be monetary, it can be through reference or even blessing others with a gift that we naturally carry.
Utilizing these 5 principles can not only reset the tone of your lifestyle but it can also help you to grow into your highest potential. When you want change you have to change yourself, your views, and the way you choose to react. Keep those positive people in your corner as you transition for a greater you. The power is yours.