A grade schooler prepares to unleash his artistic side alongside other children during a recent enrollment fair and block party sponsored by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, 3275 N. 3rd St. Aside from art projects, there were also other activities including a bouncy house, carnival games, petting zoo and more. Parents also had the opportunity to enroll their children for the 2013- 2014 school year in MPS. Children and residents who live around the school also had the opportunity to meet King’s new principal, Dr. Christlyn Frederick-Stanley. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
You’ve probably already been to a holiday party or two, so you know selections can vary from delicious to deliciously dangerous. So how do you know what tasty treats to choose?
Choose: Olives Over Nuts
Like olive oil, olives are high in monounsaturated fats, which help lower cholesterol. They’re also low in calories. Each olive has only about five calories and less than a gram of fat, while one pecan, for example, has almost 14 calories and nearly two grams of fat. And though you can toss back numerous nuts almost too easily, olives often require a little more work. And when you’re left with a plateful of pits, you’ll know exactly how many you’ve put away.
One little note about nuts…they’re high in monounsaturated fats, and they’re a good source of fiber and arginine, an amino acid that helps keep blood vessels relaxed and open. So, maybe a small handful won’t hurt you.
Choose: Soft Cheese Over Hard Cheese
Brie is hardly a health food, but some soft cheeses (like Brie and goat) are slightly lower in calories than hard cheeses (like Cheddar and Gruyère). A one-ounce serving of Brie?about the amount you’d put on two crackers?contains 94 calories; one ounce of Gruyère has 117 calories. While all cheese is high in fat?most of it the artery-clogging, saturated kind?soft cheeses have a tiny bit less fat than hard (eight grams in an ounce of Brie, nine in an ounce of Cheddar)…though hard cheeses do tend to have slightly more calcium than the softer varieties.
Choose: Veggies & Dip Over Cheese & Crackers
A platter of nutrient-rich vegetables wins over a saturated fat-filled cheese board. But even here some offerings are better than others. “Favor colorful vegetables, like red peppers, carrots, and broccoli,” suggests Kristine Clark, a registered dietitian and the director of sports nutrition at Penn State University, in State College, Pennsylvania. But remember that dips can contain higher fat sour cream or mayo, so use caution. But in general, filling your plate with a veggie mix guarantees that you’re eating a wide variety of vitamins and antioxidants.
Choose: Mini Quiches Over Pigs-In-A-Blanket
Both are high in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. But when
forced to choose the lesser of two evils, nutritionists agree that
quiche has more redeeming qualities?including some calcium from the
cheese, high-quality protein from the eggs, and perhaps some extra
nutrients from any vegetables that are mixed in. “The piggy option is a
highly processed meat packed with additives,” says registered dietitian
Mary Ryan, “and the ‘blanket’ is a refined carbohydrate often made with
Choose: Roast Beef Over Ham
Roast beef is less processed, contains about half as much saturated
fat, and has three times as much iron. It’s also rich in B vitamins.
Both meats are great sources of protein, but the ham has almost three
times as much sodium.
Remember that the American Medical Association has linked too much
red-meat consumption with an increased risk of colon cancer. So eat
Choose: A Gingerbread Cookie Over A Sugar Cookie
Both are empty calorie options, but the average sugar cookie has
about twice as many calories as a gingerbread cookie, thanks to large
amounts of butter. “Anything that tastes buttery and has that nice,
delicate texture is going to be really high in calories,” says Ryan.
Sugar cookies are also twice as high in saturated fat.
Choose: Cocoa Over Eggnog
Eggnog and cocoa that are both made with real milk both have lots of calcium, about 300 milligrams in eight ounces. But eggnog, as the name implies, also contains eggs and sometimes heavy cream and brandy, which translates into about 300 calories and 12 grams of fat in a five-ounce serving. “Cocoa, even when it’s made with whole milk, has only half the calories of eggnog,” says registered dietitian Kristine Clark. Cocoa also contains potent antioxidants called flavonoids that help prevent arteries from clogging and keep blood platelets from sticking together.
U.S. Rep. Tim Scott. He is now headed for the U.S. Senate.
by Frederick H. Lowe, The NorthStar News and Analysis
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley today named U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, a black Tea Party Republican, to serve out the remaining term of U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, who is resigning from the Congress to head the conservative Heritage Foundation.
“It is with great pleasure that I am announcing that our next U.S. senator is to be Congressman Tim Scott,” Haley said during a news conference in Columbia, S.C. “I am strongly convinced that entire nation understands that this is the right U.S. senator for our state and our country.”
The 47-year-old Scott told reporters that he will be sworn in as South Carolina’s new senator on January 3, 2013. He will be the only African American serving in the 100-member U.S. Senate. Scott also will be the first black Republican senator since Edward W. Brooke III of Massachusetts left the chamber in 1979.
Unlike Brooke, Scott is from a different wing of the Republican Party. “I believe that most of the country is right of center and that they believe in Tea Party principles, which is limited government and pro growth,” he said.
Haley said today’s appointment of Scott makes history. Robert Smalls, a black man who served in the 44th, 45th and the 47th U.S. Congress, however, founded South Carolina’s Republican Party during Reconstruction. Smalls also helped write South Carolina’s constitution.
DeMint was elected to a second six-year term in 2010. His old seat, however, will be up for special election in 2014. And in 2016, the seat will be up for election for a full six-year term.
Scott represents South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, which is based in Charleston. The district also includes part of South Carolina’s coastline.
Voters elected him to Congress in 2010. He was one of two black Republicans elected to the Congress that year. U.S. Rep. Allen West (R., Fla.) was the other black Republican Tea Party member elected to Congress. Unlike West, Scott did not join the Congressional Black Caucus.
The child of a single mother, Scott urged single mothers not to give up on their children.
Executive talks brand-building at a global startup
by Janell Hazelwood, BlackEnterprise.com
Many party promoters love throwing a good party and cashing in their take from the door admissions or the bar—if they’re lucky. But what about giving people a full experience that will ensure long-term wealth and business success? Nowadays, just putting together a club night a your local hotspot won’t make you one of the heavy hitters of the events and marketing industry. It’s a good idea to become a brand that offers an multidimensional experience that stands out from the rest.
Take a cue from someone’s who’s made it happen: executive director and president of corporate event planning at Royalty Lifestyle Group, Soloman Nnanna. He and his fellow executives and staff offer marketing, entertainment, and other lifestyle services for clients including Arik Airlines and MoneyGram, and the company has expanded from hosting and managing events to becoming a full-service international brand. Here are a few quick tips to help you forge success:
Motivation: “Never let someone who has never done it, tell you it can’t be done. Starting a business is very stressful and there will be failures along the way but the level of success you achieve will be determined by how quickly you can pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep trucking.”
Relationship-Building: “Our startup capital came from my personal savings, but because of the relationships we were able to cultivate, Royalty Lifestyle Group remained sustainable and soon after, profitable.”
Brand Reputation: “People are more inclined to work with you if they feel you have their best interest at heart. [Their] time is valuable. Be careful with burnt bridges and scorned associates because the business circle is small and you never know where you might meet again.”
(Newstalk 1010 – Toronto)
It’s that time of year again; it’s getting colder outside, Christmas music is taking over the radio, and the office Holiday party is just around the corner.
We have all heard stories of someone having one too many drinks and ended up acting completely inappropriate.
Proper office party etiquette should be common sense but according to a survey conducted by TorontoJobs.ca, most of us need a refresher.
The survey of office holiday party goers found that:
77% of party attendees have witnessed extreme cases of intoxication by co-workers
64% observed co-workers inappropriately dressed for the occasion
52% of party goers observed unsuitable behavior (co-workers flirting, verbal fights, etc.)
In order to avoid being the talk of the office water cooler, here are a few tips that you should keep in mind if you plan on attending your office holiday party:
Eat, drink and be merry, but do so in moderation. Excessive drinking could be cause for an awkward situation come Monday morning in the office.
Leave the mistletoe at home. The office party is not the place to flirt and try to find a date for New Year’s Eve!
Watch your words. Just because the setting is more relaxed, doesn’t mean your language should be. More people than you think take offense to profane language.
Dress appropriately. The office party isn’t the right place to show off your new mini skirt or backless dress.
Absolutely no gossiping about other coworkers. You never know who is listening. Keep in mind that with the evolution of social networking; news travels fast!
Dealership’s Around The World Party Provides $1000’s To Toys For Tots
On Friday, Dec. 14, Milwaukee Harley-Davidson will celebrate their second annual ‘Holidays Around The World’ party to benefit the Toys For Tots program. In keeping with the event theme, more than a dozen local groups will be participating in the event and representing a specially selected country. As guests arrive, in exchange for their charitable donation of toys or funds, they will receive a “passport” that entitles them to traditional cocktails and food items from each of the represented countries. “Last year was the first time we had tried this ‘Around the World’ concept and it just exploded.
We had over 700 people through the doors and surpassed our fundraising goal in the first 30 minutes of the party,” said Chaz Hastings, the owner of Milwaukee Harley-Davidson. “For this year’s event, we’re adding in some new groups, games, food and drink.”
In 2011, the event raised over $2500 in funds and materials for Toys for Tots. This year’s goal is to double that amount and everyone participating is dedicated to making that happen. “We had friends that attended last year’s event and they loved it, so we were really excited when we were invited to attend, said Liz Whitford of Pin Up Girls, a non profit that raises funds for local veteran’s support groups. “Not only are we helping a great cause, but it also gives us the chance to promote our group and raise awareness.”
The diverse line up of participating groups helps ensure a great mix of attendees;
Neutral Ground Dojo – Russia
Brew City Bruisers Roller Derby – Japan
Great Lakes Distillery – Hawaii/South Pacific
Milwaukee Northwest HOG Chapter – Germany
Pin Up Girls- U.S.A.
United States Marine Corps- Mexico
Billy Brown Insurance- France
Foolery’s Liquid Therapy- Caribbean
Stilettos on Steel- South America
KAH Tequila- Central America
Lakefront Brewery- United Kingdom
In addition to the international collection of cocktails and complimentary food, there will be plenty of activities throughout the evening. There will be piñata’s filled with prizes, raffles and various contests such as a giant “flip cup challenge.” In addition to Santa Claus and his Harley-Davidson inspired sleigh, there are photo opportunities with body painted models as well as male and female elves. For those who want to shop, there will be special one night only sales and free gift-wrap too.
“The event planning itself has been a great time with everyone involved taking the concept and running with it. I know we’re going to crush this year’s goal,” said Hastings.
The Holiday Around The World event takes place on Friday, Dec. 14 at the Milwaukee Harley-Davidson Dealership from 6-9 p.m. In exchange for donating a new, unwrapped toy valued at $15 or more, guests will receive a passport and access to all the event activities. For further information and event details visit MilwaukeeHarley.com or call the dealership at 414 461-4444.
Milwaukee Harley-Davidson is one of Milwaukee’s original Harley-Davidson dealers. The company’s 36,000-square-foot facility features new and used bikes, general merchandise, parts & accessories, service department and sales and finance. The company is one of the most active dealers in the country, bringing in more than 10,000 people to its dealership through events and general sales every year. For more information on the dealership and Fly, Buy, Ride program, visit www.milwaukeeharley.com.
by Terrell Jermaine Starr–NewsOne
The Republicans are talking a good game about the need to diversify their Party with the Black and Brown faces who overwhelming supported President Barack Obama in November.
But, if past GOP attempts at diversity are any indicator, their attempts will be perceived as nothing more than something I call “diversity in Blackface.”
Somehow, the GOP reasons that as long as they prop up a person of color as a “rising star,” they will gain credibility with minority voters.
That their Blackface candidate vehemently opposes most policies that minority voters care about and insults President Obama is oblivious to them. While the term “Blackface” is inflammatory and insulting, I believe many minorities are equally put off by politicians who share their skin tone, yet sound as racially divisive—or indifferent—as some of their fellow White, male Party members.
The most recent examples are Allen West and Herman Cain, both of whom seemingly revel at the chance to antagonize Black Democratic voters.
During an interview on the “The O’Reilly Factor” last year, West referred to himself as a modern-day Harriet Tubman who is leading Black voters — whom he characterized as slaves — from the Democrat’s plantation. He also referred to California Congresswoman Maxine Waters as a “plantation boss.”
Then we have Herman “Uzbecki-becki-becki-stan” Cain who told CNN that Black voters “have been brainwashed in to not being open-minded” during his run for the White House. He also opined on President Obama’s “Blackness” during a radio interview in October of 2010.
Both men are Tea Party darlings and, at one point, were serious players in national GOP politics.
Most Black voters, however, view them as nothing more than two dim-witted Black men who embarrassed themselves and the Black race with their buffoonish commentary on serious issues that make Blacks and other minorities question their Blackness.
Before lambasting my use of “Blackface” in reference to Cain or West, ask yourself if either man reminds you of Newt “Food Stamp President” Gingrich or Ann “Our blacks are better than their blacks” Coulter, then get back to me.
Then we have Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. While Jindal, a Rhodes Scholar and highly accomplished public servant, is certainly not as ignorant as West or Cain, to be a “Blackface candidate,” one simply has to assume the minority voters he or she purportedly wants to attract are ignorant.
For example, Jindal has recently spoken in favor of immigration reform, after realizing that his Party will need the Latino vote in the future.
But in the past, he has also spoken out against granting services to illegal immigrants, such as in-state tuition and healthcare. (Maryland, via popular vote, has approved in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.) Jindal also opposes Obamacare — legislation that most Black and Latino voters support.
If he eventually runs for president in 2016, will Jindal change his mind on the aforementioned subjects? Or will he pretend minorities don’t know his record on these issues? Will he speak out against the “gifts” rhetoric in 2016 as he did several weeks ago?
Or will he cave in to the loud mouths of his party as did one-time GOP chairman Michael Steele when given the chance to tell the Rush Limbaughs of the world to take a hike?
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sounds good too — at least for now.
It is one thing for Rubio to speak out against elements of his Party over immigration when the election season is over.
It will be another to see him, as a presidential candidate, tell the conservative billionaires with millions to spend that it is not OK to threaten your employees to vote GOP or else. It remains to be seen if either man’s backbone will stand up to the most racially divisive — not to mention, deep-pocketed — elements of their Party.
Minorities want to hear about the GOP’s stance on Voter ID laws, economic inequality, Obamacare, and abortion rights — all of which have very specific policy ramifications for Black and Latino voters.
Future Republican candidates, be they Congressional candidates or White House hopefuls, who do not provide reasonable policy approaches to the aforementioned issues will be viewed as Blackface candidates.
(Blackface diversity efforts also include mentioning that Blacks oppose gay marriage and are conservative because they attend church.
What is lost on the GOP, though, is that minority voters know the difference between their religious convictions and whether a candidate shares their views on public policy.
And while Black women — or most women for that matter — may have religious objections to abortion, they do not want a government full of White men — or Blackface candidates they appoint — making that choice for them.)
Another issue with Blackface candidates is that none of them have shown a propensity to speak in a personal language that resonates with the challenges of being a minority in America. In fact, some of them speak as if A) they are uncomfortable discussing race to begin with B) discrimination can be solved with hard work and without serious legislation and civil rights enforcement C) talking about inequality is a bad thing rather than an opportunity to debate on what policies can best fight it D) they only speak in racial language that is comfortable with White people.
For most minorities, such candidates will be clearly viewed as entertaining White people’s belief that they are trying to be diverse without actually creating policy that fosters justice-based legislation.
“Diversity in Blackface” may sound offensive and a bit like an oxymoron, given my proposed argument when referring to the GOP’s efforts to diversify their party; however, if the GOP tries to appeal to ethnically diverse voters without offering them any serious alternatives on issues they truly care about, minorities will continue to be equally offended by their dearth of authenticity.”
The Republicans really need to lay off UN Ambassador Susan Rice. The image of a party of angry old white dudes going after an accomplished black woman will not give them the image makeover they need.
Not unlike their outrageous behavior over the past four years—and this election season in particular—the party is guilty of overreach. Despite the thrashing the GOP received on election day, and the lessons they should have learned when President Barack Obama cleaned Romney’s clock, old habits are hard to break.
The Grand Old Party has engaged in relentless attacks on Ambassador Rice’s intelligence and reputation, turning her into a scapegoat for the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. At issue for Republicans are Rice’s statements on the Sunday talk show circuit following the attack.
The diplomat characterized the Benghazi incident as a protest by extremists against an anti-Muslim video—an assessment based on the best intelligence the CIA had at the time. Rice had nothing to do with Benghazi, and yet, as a brilliant black woman in the upper echelons of the Obama administration, she is a convenient target for a party that has problems with women and black people.
Senators John McCain (R-Arizona) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) have led the charge, with Graham saying Rice is “disconnected to reality” and disqualified from a “promotion” to secretary of state. McCain said he would do “everything” in his power to block her nomination. And 97 members of Congress wrote a letter to the president opposing her potential selection as Hillary Clinton’s replacement as Secretary of State.
Although Republicans believe they have the upper hand, there are signs they are overplaying their hand—and even playing themselves in the process.
Rep. James Clyburn (D-South Carolina) made a point that the words used to describe Rice, other black Obama officials, and the president himself—including “lazy” and “incompetent”—are racial code words. Moreover, newly-minted Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) noted, “It is a shame that anytime something goes wrong, they pick on women and minorities.”
In his defense, Graham told Fox News’s Steve Doocy, “the only color I’m worried about when it comes to Benghazi is red, blood red. The death of four Americans.”
In the November 6 election, Obama received 55 percent of the women’s vote and roughly 80 percent of the nonwhite vote, including 95 percent of African Americans, 74 percent of Latinos and 73 percent of Asians.
Republicans came off as a party of misogyny and racial intolerance, with congressional Tea Party candidates justifying rape, and high-profile Romney surrogates questioning the president’s intelligence and demanding that he produce his college transcript. The voters repudiated the Republican message, as the voters themselves are changing demographically.
The message should be loud and clear to the GOP: change your ways or suffer a political death. But the Republican Party is not taking the hint. Just days after a crushing defeat that everyone but Fox News and the Romney team knew was coming, the party of Lincoln chose Susan Rice as their first bogeyman, or rather bogey-woman—a black woman and a Rhodes scholar.
At a time when the GOP needs to attract women and people of color just to survive, the decision to pick on Rice is the worst timing imaginable, and the opposite of what they need right now post-election.
But they can’t help themselves, refusing to believe that a powerful black woman deserves an ambassadorship, and believing the angry white men in the base will reward them for it.
Yet, even Senator Graham conceded the Republicans are “not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”
Oddly, if Rice is tapped for secretary of state, she would not be the first black person to hold the position, nor the first black woman. Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice have earned that distinction, respectively, and they were Bush administration officials.
Ultimately, it will take more than Bobby Jindal slamming Romney over his gifts remark—or Marco Rubio discussing his favorite rap songs—for the Republicans to change their image problem. Rather, the GOP needs new policies.
This means no more Southern Strategy, and no more racial scapegoats. If they continue to rely on tactics such as using Ambassador Rice as racial cannon fodder, the Republicans will be relegated to the political backwater, and dismissed as fringe extremists.
The old saying, “If you cant beat ‘em, join ‘em,” has definitely manifest in the weeks following the re-election of President Barack Obama. According to the latest polls, the POTUS is experiencing his highest approval ratings since July of 2009, reports Politico.com.
by NewsOne Staff
A USA Today/Gallup survey released on Friday showed Obama and his party drawing goodwill from much of the country in the wake of their triumph at the ballot box last week. Fifty-eight percent of Americans have a favorable view of the president — up 3 points from the USA Today/Gallup poll conducted right before the election. It’s also his highest favorability rating in the poll since July of 2009.
The public’s view of Democrats is also positive in the wake of a largely successful election for the party. Fifty-one percent of those surveyed have a favorable impression of the party, a 6-point bump since August and a more impressive showing than the 43 percent who have a favorable view of the Republican Party. Fifty percent have an unfavorable opinion of the GOP, although Gallup notes that “Americans have been negative on balance toward the Republican Party since late 2005.”
Rasmussen showed Obama’s approval rating reaching 54 percent on Monday — his highest mark in the right-leaning tracking poll since July 2009. It ticked up another point the next day. Meanwhile, Gallup’s tracking poll on Wednesday showed only 40 percent of Americans disapproving of Obama’s job as president, the lowest level since early 2010. Obama’s job approval has topped 50 percent in every Rasmussen and Gallup poll conducted entirely after last week’s election.
A joint election night party in Milwaukee will be hosted by Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Senator Herb Kohl, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democratic Parties of Milwaukee County & Wisconsin and the campaigns of President Barack Obama and Tammy Baldwin for Senate. The free event will be at the Hyatt Regency, 333 W. Kilbourn Ave, in downtown Milwaukee. Doors will open to the Regency Ballroom for attendees at 8:15 p.m.