African World Festival is a celebration of African-American heritage and culture held on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan at Maier Festival Park. Since its inception in 1982, the festival’s mission has been to promote and share the culture and heritage of all people of African descent with the global community.
Known as “The Meeting Place” African World Festival is not only an entertaining event but an educational experience. Come and explore the cultural village, sample a variety of ethnic foods, shop around the Marketplace, let the kids play in the Children’s Village and enjoy lots of great entertainment.
(description taken from the AWF website)
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FOX’s Sean Hannity Show hosted a Black Conservative Town hall and since then this video has spread like wild fire. It brought up issues many people liberal and conservative alike could relate to. Blacks began to find that there are not wide divisions between their conservative counterparts and themselves. This could be a great start for Blacks as we need to come together and start healing and talking to form the new Underground Railroad. Seeing that we really have more in common than differences will start to break down the walls of division and help us to start to focus on the true enemy that keeps us from moving forward.
This is a great video that needs to be shared in its entirety. Many people want to know about the elusive Black Conservative. Well here is a segment of us in a town hall answering questions and talking about issues and matters near and dear to our hearts.
I am sure if people listen to this with an open mind they will find some pieces where they can agree and find common bonds. The differences, well as I always say; We shall have to agree to disagree. However this video is very interesting and is great food for discussion.
MILWAUKEE BLACKS BAMBOOZLED!
Residents of Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood and city officials are expressing outrage that a Dollar Tree store is opening at W. North Ave. and N. King Drive, instead of the full-service grocery store that had been promised.
At a meeting of about 80 residents last week, District 6 Ald. Milele Coggs said she will work with residents and city officials to try to stop the dollar store.
“Let’s be real clear. This is what was presented to me for a year and half,” she said, holding up a rendering that read “M.L.K. Supermarket.”
Then two weeks ago the “coming soon” banner went up over a new Dollar Tree sign, she said.
“We can’t stand for a bait and switch,” Rocky Marcoux, commissioner of the Milwaukee Department of City Development, told the crowd. “We are very, very upset about what’s happened here.”
He said he’s exploring what action the city might take, but the property is zoned for retail.
“Dollar Tree is a reputable national retailer, but that’s not what we wanted at this location,” he said.
The corner, which was occupied by a Walgreen’s that has moved to a new location, was supposed to be an independently operated, locally owned grocery store, and that’s what property owner Anup “Andy” Khullar promised, he said.
The city helped Khullar put together a loan through the Milwaukee Economic Development Corp., a nonprofit that works closely with the city to put together low-interest loans.
“It’s a critical location and a significant corner,” Marcoux said.
Taken from the Journal Sentinel’s Georgia Pabst
Again the Black Community was promised…
The problem with the Dollar Tree moving in on the corner of MLK and North Avenue is that we were told that the business would most likely be a Black owned grocery store. It would help the community, the Bronzeville community, “sankofa” (reach back) and connect to its roots of its former self and continue the trend of growing a Black Economy in the area. We could promote Black business and empower the Black community that has been dying in this economy. Our mayor is stuck on choo choo trains, forestry, cleaning up, and etc… and refuses to do much to help Blacks find employment or $$ opportunity. Alderwoman Coggs has been a one woman force going it alone and here we see her going it alone in this fight too. WHERE IS OUR MAYOR????
We do not want a Dollar Tree on the corner of MLK & North Avenue! Bronzeville was specifically designed to energize and stimulate the Black economy in the inner city. Dear mayor you have to continue to nurture that. You cannot turn your back on that or us. We want what we were promised and we want Mayor Barrett to get involved and make this right. Dollar Tree is a very community destructive business. It is not Bronzeville worthy. It wants to bring tobacco and harmful products to the community, as well as crime and violence. It is also not Black owned. Thankfully Alderwoman Coggs shut down liquor licensing which is why the deal with Mr. Khullar took a turn for the worse to begin with. He found out he could not turn the corner of MLK & North into another hustle. This is why Khullar took his low-interest government loan and gave it to Dollar Tree . Dollar Tree was more than happy to take the money and bring in their cheap products and canned food. We want fresh fruit, meats and quality goods just like everyone else!! We won’t settle for crap and if Mayor Barrett and Dollar Tree think the community is going to stand for this we are planning to Nate Turner this one on ya.
So be warned we are taking the fight to you and we are about done with talk. Maybe you want to live by violence and all the things Dollar Tree brings with it. Maybe it is time you experience what we have to live with! I know one thing; this Dollar Tree may open because it swooped in too fast for anyone to do anything legally to stop it. But if this mayor does not help Alderwoman Coggs to close it and restore the promises made to our community, he will regret the day. Is this city already not stressful enough for you? Or do you need more things on the city agenda? MPD? FPC? Hello? As for Dollar Tree , we all know what it is and what it stands for. Sure desperate folks will patronize it, rob it, and rob those who work in it and those shopping in it. However I urge everyone to take a stand and show you have an ounce of respect. Take your money, quest, whatever the hell and go down the street to Growing Power!! Black Owned!!!
Stay out that damn store Kings and Queens!!!!
And by the way since our county supervisors are part of the economic process it sure would be great if they stepped in and offered assistance, and where is Willie Hines in all of this? Seems to me that Alderwoman Coggs should not be fighting this battle all by herself when we have all these Black elected willing and able. You all made promises right? State elected you all are almost out of session so you have time to come help too!!
Funny when Chris Larson wants something from Negros he is here fast and in a hurry but when we need something he is m.i.a. Well Senator, where ya at? So Black elected time to get behind the esteemed Alderwoman and back her up!!! #BLACKAGENDA!!
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Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs will join Will Allen of Growing Power today to announce the grand opening of Growing Power’s Deli & Food Market located in Bronzeville in the King Commons Development at 2737 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. in Milwaukee. The project was developed in collaboration with the Martin Luther King Economic Development Corp. and Welford Sanders, its executive director.
The grand opening will take place today (Monday, August 6) from 10 a.m. to noon at the location – 2737 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Media coverage is encouraged.
As part of King Commons (a development site of mixed-use housing and commercial space) this market is one of the first of its kind in the nation to be located in an area where fresh, natural foods are not always available. Growing Power’s Deli & Food Market will provide fresh, naturally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as other organic food products. The deli will feature daily specials made from fresh and locally grown produce.
Alderwoman Coggs said the development is a positive one for Bronzeville and the community. “Growing Power is an outstanding, groundbreaking organization and food supplier that is headquartered here in Milwaukee, and we are very pleased that this new development will help increase access for residents to get fresh, nutritious foods,” she said.
Mr. Allen, nationally-known farmer, founder, and CEO of Growing Power, said the new deli and market is a win-win for the neighborhood and the city. “The health of the community will definitely improve over time as access to local and sustainably produced natural foods becomes the norm,” he said.
Menu items are for dine-in or take-out and the “farmer’s market” will feature Growing Power’s produce.