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.
WASHINGTON, Sep 22, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE)
— African-Americans’ buying power is expected to reach $1.1 trillion by 2015, according to The State of theAfrican-American Consumer Report, released today, collaboratively by Nielsen, a leading global provider of insights and analytics into what consumers watch and
buy, and The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), a federation of more than 200 Black community newspapers across the U.S. This growing economic potential presents an opportunity for Fortune 500 companies to examine and further understand this important, flourishing market segment. Likewise, when consumers are more aware of their buying power, it can help them make informed
decisions about the companies they choose to support.
“Too often, companies don’t realize the inherent differences of our community, are not aware of the market size impact and have not optimized
efforts to develop messages beyond those that coincide with Black History Month,” said Cloves Campbell, chairman, NNPA. “It is our hope that by collaborating with Nielsen, we’ll be able to tell the African-American consumer story in a manner in which businesses will understand,” he said, “and, that this understanding will propel those in the C-Suite to develop stronger, more inclusive strategies that optimize their market growth in Black communities, which would be a win-win for all of us.”
The report, the first of annual installments in a three year alliance between Nielsen and NNPA, showcases the buying and media habits and consumer trends of African-Americans.
The 41st Annual Legislative Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Conference week’s activities set the backdrop for the announcement. Flanked by civic, business and legislative leaders, Nielsen and NNPA executives spoke about the relevance and importance of the information shared in the report and the fact that it will be distributed in NNPA’s 200+ publications, reaching millions of
readers and online viewers.
“We see this alliance with NNPA as an opportunity to share valuable insights, unique consumer behavior patterns and purchasing trends with the
African-American community,” said Susan Whiting, vice chair, Nielsen. “By sharing, for example, that African-Americans over-index in several key areas, including television viewing and mobile phone usage, we’ve provided a better picture of where the African-American community can leverage that buying power to help their communities,” she said. “Likewise, the information points businesses in the right direction for growing market share and developing long range strategies for reaching this important demographic group.”
Consumer trends in the report include facts such as:
— With a buying power of nearly $1 trillion annually, if African-Americans were a country, they’d be the 16th largest country in the world.
— The number of African-American households earning $75,000 or higher grew by almost 64%, a rate close to 12% greater than the change in the overall population’s earning between 2000 and 2009. This continued growth in affluence, social influence and household income will continue to impact the community’s economic power.
— African-Americans make more shopping trips than all other groups, but spend less money per trip. African-Americans in higher income brackets, also spend 300% more in higher-end retail grocers more than any other high income household.
— There were 23.9 million active African-American Internet users in July 2011 — 76% of whom visited a social networking/blog site.
— 33% of all African-Americans own a smart phone.
— African-Americans use more than double the amount of mobile phone voice minutes compared to Whites — 1,298 minutes a month vs. 606.
— The percentage of African-Americans attending college or earning a degree has increased to 44% for men and 53% for women.
Nielsen Holdings N.V. /quotes/zigman/3587866/quotes/nls/nlsn NLSN -1.24% is a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence, mobile measurement, trade shows and related properties. Nielsen has a presence in approximately 100 countries, with headquarters in New
York, USA and Diemen, the Nether lands. For more information, visit www.nielsen.com .
ABOUT NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION
The National Newspaper Publishers Association, also known as the Black Press of America, is a 71-year-old federation of more than 200 Black community newspapers from across the United States. Since World War II, it has also served as the industry’s news service, a position that it has held without peer or competitor since the Associated Negro Press dissolved by 1970. In 2001, the NNPA, in association with the NNPA Foundation, began building the BlackPressUSA Network — the nation’s premier network of local Black community news and
What Scott Walker Can Do For Us, What He Is Not Doing, What We Need To Demand!
Okay we all know very well what Walker has or has not done whether we agree or not. None the less this is a watershed moment for us as Black Wisconsinites because we need to understand that for the meantime he is governor and we must form a relationship with him during his tenure. What we need to focus on is how we get this governor and our Black constituency together in a partnership holding each other accountable for a new Wisconsin. Holding up the old tired Hitler sign with Walker’s face inserted is not cutting it anymore and common sense dictates we will not get much if we keep holding those signs up wondering why he won’t respond to us. If Wisconsin is going to be “open for business,” where do we fit in or make ourselves fit in? A new Wisconsin should begin to address publically that we have a race and segregation problem. A new Wisconsin will include some powerful sit downs with Blacks and this administration to work together on devising a plan to uplift our community that goes beyond talk and rhetoric. We need to put together a simple list of demands and hold Walker and our elected accountable to these demands as part of the new landscape of the direction Walker has outlined. We need to be an integral part of that outline and design.
Thus far Walker has been stellar in executing his moves with viper like precision to bring about fiscal change in this state. We are paying bills, we are freezing fees and taxes, and we passed a fiscally sound budget. Great, commendable, but now we need to hold this “ground breaking” governor to even more accomplishments and tasks as never witnessed before. We need new policies and actions that are just as “ground breaking” of reforms and changes for minorities, specifically Blacks.
My Top Demands for Governor Walker
4. Make Black Media Your Friend! You appeared once on Earl Ingram’s “Evening Rush” on WMCS 1290 AM and your excuse for not getting on his show in a timely fashion or being late for your portion was LAME, inexcusable and insulting of our intelligence. If you believe in something, stand in your convictions and tell us, not WISN or WTMJ how these changes will help us. Do not use the word “tools” use specifics. Use examples and do not fear the wrath of the angry Black Wisconsinite but find some common ground on which to begin this relationship. Yes you will have to be the bigger person and take the heat but that comes with the territory. If you are proven correct, we will appropriately follow suit. However you know all too well that the left will continue to demonize you, deal with it! You are taking away their $$power$$, what did you expect? Not to mention Lena Taylor has never forgiven you for her defeat and she never will. Again back to #1 get over it! This is your opportunity to create a different path by reaching out to us on a consistent basis and being present to us instead of making us a yearly obligation. Your bi-monthly reporting (or whatever time frame) to us and accountability in person will counter any attack levied against you. Hell set up a Twitter account just for Black communications!! Stay with Brother Earl! He will tell you straight and you do need to hear him and you do need to start our relationship via Black media. Mr. Ingram is fair if nothing else (okay way biased but I still respect the man). If he sees you are right or at the very least TRYING, he too will come around and support or assist you and encourage others to do so. If you are not helping the Black community you need to understand how you should. The same effort and planning it took to regain responsibility over the budget will be needed and demanded from us for the purpose of creating a prosperous and growing uprising of the Black middle class which is now truthfully the working poor. If Obama can’t how will you? You took back Wisconsin from Federal reign, now you need to plan and implement a strategy to rescind the segregation of Wisconsin that has been cultivated by Republicans and Democrats alike. The same segregation that keeps our Milwaukee inner city divided and failing, the prevalent constant, is the fact that every single Republican in this state, except Representative Jeff Stone, has not made Black communication an opportunity from which to build new relations, form new strategies, or gather up the masses as a collective think tank. If you can face the unionistas, Obama and Pelosi, Ed and Rachel, you can surely face us and live to tell about it! You need to make this work! The long standing segregation and racism in this state is ample opportunity for the smallest of changes and direction to be met with great praise and respect. Do not go the path frequently traveled by other elected, make Black media a friend not a foe. Report to it like you do Mark and Jay, you will have already set in motion what decades of legislators have refused to do. TALK TO US!!!
5. Get Rid of Your PR Person! Cullen Werwie is no good for you or us. Time and time again he has shown very little ability or pertinent skill sets in his craft. From the prank call, to the appearance on WMCS, to your lack of knowledge on key items, to the hiring of people who are less than qualified or downright cronies of someone in your administration, this person has failed miserably. Werwie should be properly vetting candidates for positions and should be your key front man with creative new approaches and ideas to keep you in touch with us. Instead he has been a dismal failure for us all. I offer my services here! With the Governor’s Website, Twitter and Facebook you have absolutely NO EXCUSE not to reach out to us specifically. Yes we know you have to reach middle Wisconsin and all parts in between. You do a good job of that, now take your brown bag and eat at Lloyd Street School in the faculty lounge, go to Lena’s and get some groceries, have a Kwanzaa celebration. In other words all the things this Black president is not doing in terms of Black events and special occasions, DO THOSE THINGS!! However if you do it for photo ops, prepare to get called out on it. Act like you never left the County Exec position and then take it up ten notches!!!
And so I start there, as you all know I could go on, but that is a lot to digest for one governor and I am sure he is dying to get this in his hands asap, so I got to get it to him right now.
Feel free to add you own ideas and make calling and emailing a part of your regular routine. Someone is listening especially when we reach out in mass numbers!
Yes I know….. WW he isn’t going to listen, he is racist, look what he did to us, the Tea Party is the devil, Scott Walker is Hitler, did I miss any? All those comments are now nagging at this point but I understand the frustration behind those comments and some of those are not unfounded. This governor is also at that pivotal moment where he can use many powerful tools to form an alliance between us or we can keep nagging about what is not getting done. But I in turn ask what have we demanded – THE Black community? Not as part of the unions, not as part of the teachers, not as part of the Democrat party, but for us solely?
Some have started, others are working on it, but we need action now. As I said before we are at a watershed moment. We are not being led by good leaders and our churches are silent because the faith-based initiatives and School Choice are right wing staple holds that keep needed programs funded and maintained. They will not be the ones to speak for us for they have mouths to feed, kids to educate, and families to support. Our elected are sadly MIA on certain aspects of politics, some have agendas of their own, some are career politicians, and some are inundated with trying to actually help, like Jason Fields. We need to be the activists. When Mr. Ingram says Walker has not been on his show, how many will demand this with action and not whining? Who will walk the walk and face him and protest for our 40 acres and a mule? Who will stand up with outstretched hand instead of the typical Hitler sign and help this governor move with us and advocate for us? We need to be a people about a movement sans alternative agendas. This governor needs to be a man of action and one unafraid to move out of his Republican, right wing comfort zones.
In the end to sum it all up we can keep whining with zero results or make imperative demands as a collective, specific tasks and accomplishments and see if just maybe they will get us further. Let us just try another route for once. At least we can say we tried. If he fails to respond then he deserves what he gets and I will be the first to lead that charge.
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