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Left Photo: Pastor Frank James II performs at the Choral Arts Gospel Fest held at Greater Mt. Eagle Church, Saturday, May 7, 2011. Frank and his wife Yolanda James were the featured vocalists for the event. Right center photo: Richard Thurman, a member of Greater Mt. Eagle choir, joins members of the Choral Arts during their combined performance “Hosanna, Hosanna”. The Choral Arts

Photos by Ken Lumpkin

Society, which is in its 21st season, is one of Southeastern Wisconsin’s finest choral organizations. Since its inception by founder and Artistic Director, James Schatzman, it has been Racine’s finest chorus, striving for excellence and higher artistic standards with each performance.


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What’s the secret to preparing healthy soul food? A better question yet, is it possible to eat soul food that is healthy? Yes, it’s possible to transform your classic soul food favorites into modernized healthy dishes. If you are an avid eater of soul food, I know what you’re thinking. Yeah, you can make the food healthier, but will it lose its flavor and taste? Don’t worry. Put your fears and wondering mind to rest. With a little knowledge and commitment, you can prepare healthy soul foods that are flavorful. and deliciously satisfying. Many African Americans and ethnic food connoisseurs have abandoned the traditional methods of preparing soul food. Because everyone is so health conscious these days, cooking and eating healthy soul food has become more than just a fad. This revolutionary change has come about due to health concerns associated with the way our parents and grandparents prepared food. Gone are the days of cooking with lard or hydrogenated vegetable oils and seasoning with pork products.

Southern Style Oven Fried Catfish Ingredients 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 1/2 pounds catfish fillets, cut into serving pieces 1 cup cornmeal 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon white sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce or water Directions 1.Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease a 13x9 glass baking dish with the oil, and set aside. 2.Rinse the catfish fillets, and pat dry. In a shallow bowl, combine the cornmeal, creole seasoning, paprika, sugar, and black pepper. Combine the eggs and hot sauce or water in a another bowl. Dip the fillets in the egg mixture, dredge in the cornmeal mixture, and arrange in the baking pan. 3.Bake for 15 minutes, or until cooked through and golden brown. Turn once during cooking. Place catfish on a paper-towel lined plate, and serve immediately with additional hot sauce.

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Professional chefs, dietitians, and nutritionists have researched and found viable solutions to allow you to cook healthy soul food. These solutions to healthy eating have brought about many modernized cooking recipes. A few examples are shown to the right. Enjoy!

­­­There­is­a­need­to­manage­health­care­costs By Wendy Arnone As the state budget debate continues, the need to manage health care costs remains a focal point. This should not be a surprise, considering health care costs comprise nearly 30 percent of Wisconsin’s state spending each year. There is a critical opportunity for managing health costs: working together so people become more active and educated health care consumers. Research shows that properly informed individuals who are engaged and encouraged to practice healthier living see a dramatic improvement in their health – helping restrain costs in the process. Also, programs and services that make managing personal health simpler can have a real impact on reducing health care costs. Fortunately, many health plans, hospitals and care providers, and employers have introduced new initiatives to help people better manage their health care benefits. Individuals can easily access up-to-date online personal health records that provide simple and secure health histories, and the most recent information on treatments and prescriptions. UnitedHealthcare, for example, makes such records available to all its plan participants through myuhc.com. Hospital performance rankings – also available online – enable people to gauge the quality of care available in their community. One example is the

Wisconsin Hospital Association (www.wicheckpoint.org) website, which ranks hospitals for performance and patient satisfaction based on criteria such as death rates, infections, a variety of common procedures and patient-safety practices. The federal government’s “Hospital Compare” website (www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov/) provides similar information, and private organizations such as the nonprofit “Consumers’ Checkbook” use government statistics along with their own research to compare and rank hospitals. In order to take full advantage of these Page 3 The Insider News Wisconsin, May 15-31, 2011

resources, understanding health care terminology is critical. Consumers can learn the ABCs of health care (HMOs, PPOs, HSAs, etc.) by visiting www.healthcarelane.com. This virtual town’s “residents” provide easy-to-understand information about common health insurance terms, wellness programs and healthy lifestyles, and how to use online health tools and calculators. Better information can lead to improved health, and many health plans are developing targeted programs to offer improved coordinated care for people with specific illnesses. UnitedHealthcare, for example, now offers a health plan designed to help the rapidly growing numbers of diabetes and pre-diabetes patients manage their conditions while lowering their costs. The first-of-its-kind Diabetes Health Plan requires participants to comply with evidence-based guidelines for treatment of their illness. Participants who meet their plan’s required guidelines receive significant savings on out-of-pocket expenses such as lower copayments for related doctor visits and even free diabetes supplies. Better health translates to both personal and financial health. At a time when Wisconsin and states across the country are trying to balance budgets while maintaining critical services, the correlation between better health and cost savings could not be more important. Wendy Arnone is president and CEO of UnitedHealthcare of Wisconsin.


I’M WITH SPIKE: “MADEA’S BIG HAPPY FAMILY” IS NO LAUGHING MATTER FOR INTELLIGENT BLACK WOMEN by­Yasmeen­Muqtasid Nationwide­(BlackNews.com) —­At­first­I­thought­Spike­Lee­was­just hatin’­but­after­going­to­see­the­latest installment­of­the­Madea­franchise­by Tyler­Perry­–­I’ve­got­to­shout­it­loud­and proud­that­“I’m­with Spike.”­Don’t­get­me wrong­–­Tyler­Perry­is EXTREMELY­gifted. He­also­seems­to­be­a very­nice­person,­generous­and­kind-hearted.­Don’t­know­him­– but­from­what­we­all see­of­his­every­day character­there’s­no­doubt­he­has­many admirable­qualities­and­an­impressive work­ethic. With­that­said,­I­must­also­say­–­that up­until­Saturday,­April­23,­2011,­I­was­a huge­Madea­fan.­I­first­fell­in­love­with the­Tyler­Perry­Madea­phenomenon­after seeing­the­Madea­Goes­to­Jail­play­at­the Kodak­Theater.­I­thought­the­characters were­funny,­yet­respectable­and­the­message­was­rich­with­spiritual­undertones­on the­importance­of­faith­and­family.­So­I was­more­than­excited­to­see­the­latest Madea’s­Big­Happy­Family­flick.­I planned­for­weeks­to­see­the­film,­purchasing­advance­tickets­and­even­arrived an­hour­prior­to­show­time­to­beat­any crowds.­I­had­eagerly­awaited­this­muchneeded­cinematic­break­from­reality. However,­reality­is­what­gave­me­a classic­Madea­slap­in­the­face­as­I­sat through­an­excruciating­storyline­full­of back-to-back­black­female­characters­that were­the­epitome­of­the­most­popular “angry,­annoying,­nagging,­loud,­unattractive,­beat-down-your-man,”­stereotypes­of black­women.­The­movie­depicts­all­of our­worst­stereotypes­on­Barry­Bonds steroids.­I­found­these­stereotypes­to­be extremely­dreadful­and­frankly­I­was­surprised­that­they­were­coming­from­Tyler Perry­–­who­I­had­previously­thought­did a­nice­job­of­creating­positive­roles­for black­women. Unfortunately,­any­earlier­positive female­roles­Perry­did­create­–­now­seem like­they­were­just­a­figment­of­my­imagination­after­seeing­the­first­hour­of Madea’s­Big­Happy­Family. Let­me­explain.­There­was­the­obese, weed-smoking­auntie­Bam­who­just couldn’t­get­enough­of­a­high­to­satiate her­appetite­–­to­the­overweight,­coldcream­wearing­daughter­Tammy,­who­is so­down­on­her­man­even­after­he­brings her­beautiful­flowers­for­their­anniversary,­to­this­same­couple’s­Robin­Harris Bébé’s­kids­that­continuously­refer­to their­dad­as­“punk­ass.”­Then­there’s­the pretty­Kimberly,­who­plays­the­coldhearted,­career-hungry­sister­that­treats her­handsome­husband­(Mr.­Old­Spice) with­spiteful­disdain­for­no­reason.­And­if that­wasn’t­enough,­Kimberly­is­also depicted­as­an­unfit­and­unloving­mother who­is­cruel­to­her­sweet-faced­18-month old­son. Really,­Tyler­Perry?­Are­black­women that­bad?­Apparently­so­–­because­it­doesn’t­let­up­here.

Byron’s­character,­a.k.a.­Bow-Wow, has­some­extreme­baby-mama­drama­with his­fast­talkin’,­burger­pimpin’,­ghetto­exgirlfriend­known­as­Sabrina.­She demands­child­support­but­spends­it­on Baby­Phat­instead­of­formula.­Not­to mention­Bow­Wow’s­current­girlfriend­in the­film­played­by­Lauren­London­–­who encourages­him­to­hit­the­streets­again and­to­start­sellin’­because­his­$10­an hour­job­ain’t­cutting­it­for­her­gold-digging­ventures. Did­I­also­mention­the­over-used “1.800.choke-that-ho”­joke­–­which­was not­even­funny.­Thanks­to­this­Perry script­–­kids­all­across­America­will­be chanting,­“dial­1.800.Choke-a-ho.” If­it­takes­all­of­these­negative­images and­foul­dialogue­to­tell­the­eventual moral­of­the­story­about­the­importance of­faith­and­family,­I­am­not­willing­to travel­the­road­anymore­to­see­whatever light­might­possibly­be­at­the­end­of­the Tyler­Perry-Madea­tunnel.­For­now,­we are­with­Spike­on­this­Tyler­Perry­movie –­this­was­straight­buffoonery­on­par­with Eddie­Murphy’s­Norbit­and­Martin Lawrence’s­Big­Mama’s­House. It’s­no­wonder­why­so­many­black women­are­single­and­not­getting­any proposals­from­the­same­men­that­they have­birthed­and­raised­when­we­are characterized­in­such­a­negative­light.­It is­these­hateful­and­demeaning­images that­stain­the­minds­of­many­men­and young­boys­(black­or­not)­to­see­black women­as­undesirable­mates­and­less valuable­than­other­women. Black­women­better­wake­up­and­smell the­proverbial­coffee­–­because­they­are not­profiting­from­these­types­of­hurtful images­broadcasted­to­the­entire­world. This­is­especially­true­for­the­42­percent of­black­women­that­have­never­been married­and­never­will­get­married.­It­is an­even­more­pressing­issue­for­our­black daughters­who­are­next­in­line­to­be­single­and­lonely­if­we­as­black­women­continue­to­stand­in­silence­and­support­our own­demise. And­why­is­it­that­Black­women­are the­only­women­who­have­a­negative stereotype­about­themselves­that­trans-

lates­into­undesirability?­The­common Asian­female­stereotype­is­that­they­are submissive­–­but­in­the­eyes­of­most­men –­this­is­seen­as­a­good­quality­for­a­wife. White­women­have­the­stereotype­of­the dumb­blonde­–­but­this­is­viewed­as comedic­first­and­foremost,­and­then there­is­the­assumption­that­if­she’s blonde­–­then­she­is­automatically­considered­beautiful.­Lastly,­Latina­women­have the­stereotype­that­they­are­“sexually spicy”­and­cater­to­their­man’s­every­need –­and­while­I­am­sure­that­most­Latinas find­this­extremely­degrading­–­it­doesn’t hurt­them­in­the­context­of­desirability among­men.­After­all,­being­desired­by­a man­who­loves­you­is­what­most­women ultimately­want. Black­women­are­the­only­women­who suffer­from­stereotypes­that­say­they­are unattractive­across­every­dimension.­This

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is­why­these­negative­stereotypes­perpetuated­in­Tyler­Perry’s­latest­film­have­to­be identified­and­confronted.­As­long­as­we continue­to­allow­negative­images­of what­it­supposedly­means­to­be­a­black woman­to­go­on­the­air­unchallenged­– we­will­continue­to­see­such­painful reminders­of­our­silence.­I­am­reminded of­the­recent­State­Farm­commercial­with the­black­smart-talking­girl­on­the­corner popping­her­neck­to­her­boyfriend.­Better yet,­if­we­stand­by­and­say­nothing,­we will­surely­get­a­sequel­to­the­infamous 2011­Super­Bowl­Pepsi­Max­commercial of­the­black­overweight,­bug-eyed,­unattractive­wife­whose­husband­fantasizes about­the­fit­cute­white­blonde­on­the park­bench. Every­single­unpleasant­and­spiteful media­image­of­black­women­contributes to­what­now­is­an­ever-growing­trend­and intentional­separation­of­black­men­with black­women­throughout­mainstream advertisements­and­television­programs. Perhaps­if­the­majority­of­the­images­of black­women­were­positive­then­this­all would­not­be­as­much­of­an­issue­–­but that­is­not­the­case.­There­are­too­many images­on­the­big­screen­that­still­portray black­women­as­despicable­and­difficult. Please­Tyler,­stop­tellin-this-vision.­Black women­have­suffered­enough­from­media mockery. Yasmeen­Muqtasid­is­the­founder­of Black­Women­Matter,­Inc.,­which­is­dedicated­to­uplifting­and­encouraging­black women­and­girls­with­positive­media­and information­that­enriches­their­lives,­reinforces­their­value­and­empowers­them­to be­their­absolute­best.­For­more­information­or­to­join­the­Black­Women­Matter movement,­send­an­email­toinfo@blackwomenmatter.com.


SHEPHERD’S GUIDE St.­Paul­Missionary­ Baptist­Church 1120 Grand Ave. Racine, Wis.

262-632-1467 www.stpmbc.org

Sunday School 9:15 AM Sunday Worship Service 7:45 AM & 10:40 AM

Bishop Lawrence L.

Wednesday Prayer & Bible Class 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM Dinner - 5:30 PM

Christian Faith Fellowship Church Racine, Wisconsin Pastors Willie & Patricia Scott 262-631-0196 Worship with us at: Sunday Worship Service • 10:00 AM Sunday School • 9:00 AM

KIRBY

Wednesday Bible Study • 6:30 PM

Senior Pastor

Gilmore Middle School’s Auditorium 2330 Northwestern

ZOE OUTREACH Ministries 2130 Racine Street Racine, WI 619-3027

Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church 1201­Center­St,­­Racine,­WI­53403­

(262) 880-6521

Pastor Keith Evans, upper right photo, pastor of Greater Mt. Eagle MB Church, attentively watched as his choir performed during the Choral Arts Gospel Fest held at Greater Mt. Eagle Saturday, May 7. Left photo: Founder and Artistic Director, James Schatzman, applauds members of the chorus moments after they finished a joint performance with the Mount Eagle Choir. Pastors Frank and Yolanda, who were the featured vocalists, performed several gospel selections composed by African-American songwriters.

Come Worship With Us: Sunday Worship Service 11:00 AM Bible Study Wednesday 6:00 Pm - 8:00 PM

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Melvin Hargove Pastor Sunday School - 8:45 a.m. Sunday Worship Service - 10:00 a.m. Sunday NA Meeting 6:30 PM Community Dinner 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday: Midweek Worship 6:15 a.m.- 8:15 p.m. Thursday NA Meeting 6:00 PM


GOP Blows It Again With Official’s Animal Depiction of President Obama by­Earl­Ofari­Hutchinson Orange­County,­California­GOP Central­Committee­member­Marilyn Davenport’s­email­blast­depicting President­Obama­and­his­family­as­monkeys­was­sick,­vile,­and­disgusting.­But that­was­not­the­worst­part­of­it. Even­her witless,­dunderhead­defense­of the­photo­as just­a­“joke,” was­not­the worst­part­of her­slur­either. The­worst­part was­the­reaction­of­GOP officials­to­it. The­local party­chair, Scott­Baugh, appropriately blasted­it­as­“it drips­with racism”­and­said­that­she­should­resign. He­claimed,­though,­that­the­bylaws­prevent­him­from­expelling­Davenport. But­he­did­not­call­for­a­change­in­the by-laws­to­make­expulsion­possible,­or even­indicate­when­or­if­he­would­move to­censure­Davenport. To­their­credit,­some­former­GOP­state officials­did­call­for­her­expulsion.­But censure­or­expulsion,­the­record­stands that­no­action­of­any­kind­has­been­taken

against­Davenpor The­non-action­paled­in­comparison­to the­reaction­of­other­GOP­officials­who either­downplayed­it­as­“much­ado­about nothing”­as­Davenport­branded­it­or defended­her. Davenport­is­not­some­loose­screwed, raving­Tea­Party­haranguer.­She’s­a­member­in­good­standing­of­the­powerful and­well-connected Orange­County GOP­party machine. In­Democrat leaning­California, this­is­not­insignificant.­Orange County­is­one­of the­reddest­of­red counties­in Southern California,­and­a traditional­bastion of­GOP­conservatism­and­GOP votes.­The­Orange­County­GOP­has­and can­still­muster­tens­of­thousands­of­votes for­GOP­local,­state,­congressional­and presidential­candidates.­GOP­presidential candidates­have­beat­a­steady­path­to­the county­for­decades­to­secure­votes­and money. Davenport­for­her­part­has­adamantly said­she­won’t­resign.­She­would­not­have dug­her­heels­in­on­staying­at­her­party post­if­she­wasn’t­confident­that­she­had

the­backing­of­more­than­a­few­party members. Those­GOP­Davenport­cheerleaders aren’t­just­in­Orange­County.­Other­party officials­essentially­blew­off­the­controversy­as­a­non-issue.­This­strikes­to­the GOP’s­continuing­denial,­subtle­or­flat out­stoke­of­the­racial­fires. Davenport­underlined­her­despicable depiction­of­President­Obama­with­the caption­“”Now­you­know­why­no­birth certificate.” This­is­just­the­crude,­stupid,­version of­what­would­be­GOP­presidential­candidate­Donald­Trump’s­been­parroting­with his­media­grabbing­and­Tea­Party­appealing­crusade­to­bait­President­Obama­on his­birth­certificate. It’s­worked­because­polls­consistently show­that­a­significant­minority,­possibly a­majority,­of­GOP­rank­and­filers­cling to­the­false,­discredited,­and­bogus­belief that­Obama­is­a­fake­American­citizen. Trump­would­not­have­gotten­to­first base­with­his­birth­certificate­ploy­if­these millions­didn’t­give­credence­to­it. The­controversy­has­had­enough­juice to­even­draw­Obama­into­it.­In­a­recent interview­he­made­more­than­a­veiled­reference­to­it­when­he­said­“we’re­not­really­worrying­about­conspiracy­theories­or birth­certificates.” Top­GOP­possible­presidential­contenders­have­either­been­mum­on­the issue,­sent­mixed­messages­about­the issue,­or­as­in­the­case­of­Michele Bachmann­and­Sarah­Palin,­gave­tacit

credence­to­the­fraudulent­issue.­Despite the­media­ridicule,­Trump­hasn’t­backed away­one­inch­from­the­issue. In­a­pep­rally­speech­to­a­swooning Tea­Party­throng­in­Boca­Raton,­Florida he­again­questioned­Obama’s­citizenship. Trump’s­slur­didn’t­dampen­the applause­or­enthusiasm­of­the­crowd.­Nor has­it­dampened­the­enthusiasm­for­him from­millions­of­others.­In­the­latest national­poll­of­the­names­of­the­potential GOP­presidential­candidates­commonly bandied­about,­Trump­obliterated­the field.­Second­place­vote­getter­former Arkansas­Governor­Mike­Huckabee­was­a distant­second,­garnering­ten­percent­less Please turn to page 11 of­the­straw­vote­than­Trump. A­straw­poll­that­at­this­stage­of­the presidential­derby­tells­nothing­about­who the­GOP­voters,­party­regulars,­and­party money­backers­will­ultimately­decide­on. It­won’t­be­Trump.­But­that’s­hardly­the point.­The­fact­that­a­political­non-entity can­work­up­the­kind­of­mania­and­media attention­that­he­has­on­the­strength­of virtually­one­issue,­namely­Obama’s birth,­tells­much­about­the­crazed­state­of millions­of­GOP­voters. Davenport’s­slanderous­email­depiction of­Obama­and­family,­her­refusal­to­see anything­wrong­with­it,­and­the­foot-drag by­GOP­local­and­state­officials­in California­to­say­or­do­anything­about­it speaks­volumes­for­GOP­leaders. Trump,

Celebrated Actress Tasha Smith Shows her versatility in JUMPING THE BROOM By­Sandra­Varner:­Special­for­the Insider­News­Wisconsin Tasha­Smith­sat­down­with­the Insider’s­Celebrity­Columnist,­Sandra Varner,­to­discuss­her­role­in­the­new romantic­comedy,­“Jumping­the­Broom.”­­­ In­BROOM,­Smith­displays­her­versatility­as­a­skilled­actor­who­can­captivate audiences­whether­she­is­cast­as­a­brash, in-your-face,­no-nonsense­type­to­a­wise, easy-going­best­friend­with­a­calm­personality. As­Shonda­in­BROOM,­we­also­get­to see­her­cougar-appeal. Just­announced,­Smith­will­star­alongside­Michael­Jai­White­in­Tyler’s­Perry’s latest­TV­conquest,­For­Better­or­Worse, on­TBS,­slated­for­broadcast­this­fall. Perry’s­Better­or­Worse­follows­the­upsand-downs­of­married­life­for­Marcus (White)­and­Angela­(Smith),­two­characters­who­originated­in­the­feature­films Why­Did­I­Get­Married­and­Why­Did­I Get­Married­Too?­­­Additional­cast members­are­forthcoming. This­energized­lady­just­keeps­on going,­set­to­direct­her­first­feature, “Soul­Ties,”­Smith­says­they­begin­production­this­month.

Our conversation follows -Sandra Varner (Talk2SV): You

showed a kinder and softer side in this film; unlike your character in the Why Did I Get Married film franchise… Smith:­Yeah,­well,­we­have things­(acting­roles)­that­we know­how­to­do­so­you­do­that in­whatever­place­you­get­an opportunity­to­play­such­a­character­as­a­team­member­on­the set.­­With­this­film,­our­director Salim­(Akil)­was­very­passion about­how­he­saw­my­character, Shonda.­­For­me,­I­just­love­what­I do­so­to­be­able­to­show­another­side of­me­--that’s­probably­the­side­of­me that­I’m­most­at­home­with--­the­calmer side­that’s­not­always­going­a­hundred miles­­per­hour.­­Certain­movies­call­for that­kind­of­energy­and­if­that­part­of you­works­along­with­the­other­dynamics,­then­you­want­to­play­it­and­you want­to­utilize­that­part­of­your­instrument.­It’s­as­if­you­are­a­musician, there’s­a­certain­tune­that­you­know­how to­hit­but­you­don’t­always­need­it.­So­I didn’t­need­it,­I­was­able­to­hit­something­else­and­thank­God­it­worked.­­­ Talk2SV: I would suggest that you probably have a lot to say about marriage and relationships; did you relate

to aspects of this story. Smith:­Yes,­I­can.­I’m­a­newlywed.­­I just­got­married­December­9,­2010,­and I­think­love­is­great.­­When­it­comes­to the­lead­characters­in­this­film,­Jason (Laz­Alonso)­and­Sabrina­(Paula­Patton), they­met­and­were­together­for­six months;­they­trusted­their­love,­organically.­­Many­times,­we­think­we’ve­got to­wait­two­or­three­or­four­years­to­get married.­­Yes,­in­some­cases,­it­takes wisdom­to­do­that­but­at­the­end­of­the day­you­still­have­to­trust­your­heart, trust­God­and­don’t­shy­away­from­a union­that­is­only­going­to­bless­you. Talk2SV: Many people other than

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African Americans are coming away from this film with a reflection of black people that maybe they didn’t have. Jumping the Broom is layered with nuance and cultural history. What do you think is most prominent in the story that people will find new and refreshing? Smith:­Family­unity­because­each individual­family­had­their­own­bond and­their­own­connection;­also,­the importance­that­marriage­has­to­each family.­­Many­times,­we­may­not­necessarily­see­all­of­the­family­members show­how­much­they­love­to­share­in­the opportunity­for­their­loved­ones­to­find that­kind­of­love.­­In­this­film,­the­whole family­comes­out­to­be­a­part­of­it­and that­was­a­wonderful­thing­to­experience in­this­film;­the­fact­that­marriage brought­everyone­together.


L-R: Gloria Rogers: President of the Racine Branch NAACP, Medalists: Floyd Harmon, Lataisha Dismuke, Dejah Warren & Samadhi Hamilton; and Geraldine White, ACT-SO Chairperson

Racine NAACP ACT-SO Chooses Medalists & National Representatives

The­Racine­Branch­of­the­NAACP­ACT-SO­program­held­its­local­contest­on Saturday­April­30th­and­chose­6­medalists:­Three­(3)­Bronze,­Two­(2)­Silver­and­One (1)­Gold.­­Lataisha­Dismuke,­who­received­a­Gold­medal­in­the­Music; Vocal/Contemporary­category­will­compete­in­the­National­ACT-SO­Competition,­July 21-24,­2011­in­Los­Angeles,­CA.­­She­also­competed­in­Poetry­and­received­a­Bronze medal.­­Other­winners­who­will­­­attend­the­convention­are­Floyd­Harmon,­who­won­the Silver­Medal­in­Biology/Microbiology,­Dejah­Warren­who­won­two­medals:­a­Silver­in Music:­Vocal/­Contemporary­and­a­Bronze­in­Music­Instrumental/Contemporary, Samahdhi­Hamilton,­who­won­the­Bronze­in­Music:­Vocal/Contemporary,­and Christopher­Rogers,­will­participate­in­the­Oratory­competition.

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from page 3 aberrations.­They­publicly­echo­the­sentiment­of­a­wide­swath­of­Americans­about President­Obama,­and­that­sentiment­has­nothing­to­do­with­any­political­criticism­of his­policies­or­criticism­of­him­on­the­issues.­Davenport’s­racial­belligerence­on Obama­and­the­party’s­official­inaction­about­it­is­just­prove­again­that­the­GOP­blows every­chance­it­gets­to­show­that­it’s­Obama’s­policies,­and­not­his­race,­that­is­their only­concern. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. He is associate editor of New America Media. He hosts a national Capitol Hill broadcast radio talk show on KTYM Radio Los Angeles and WFAX Radio Washington D.C. streamed on The Hutchinson Report Newsmaker Hour on blogtalkradio.com and wfax.com and Internet TV broadcast on thehutchinsonreportnews.com. Follow Earl Ofari Hutchinson on Twitter.

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Racine County Announces 2011 Summer Youth Employment and Training Program high­school­credits.­­The­one-week­orientation­will­be­followed­by­five­weeks­of work­experience­and­ongoing­training. During­that­period,­eligible­participants can­earn­$7.25­to­$10.00­an­hour. Employers­and­youth­interested­in­this year’s­E3­program­can­log­on­to www.wdc.racineco.com­to­learn­more­and submit­an­application.­Youth­applications are­also­available­at­the­Racine­County Workforce­Development­Center,­1717 Taylor­Avenue,­Racine,­WI­or­496 McCanna­Parkway,­Burlington,­WI.­­All participant­applications­must­be­received by­Monday,­May­16­at­5:00­p.m.,­and work­site­applications­are­due­on­Friday, May­27­at­5:00­p.m. “The­county’s­partnerships­with­area educators­and­community­leaders­in developing­the­program’s­vision,­goals, and­structure­were­vital­last­year­and­will be­essential­in­2011,”­said­Alice­Oliver, Workforce­Development­Center­Manager. “This­year,­we­expect­to­exceed­our ‘Higher­Expectations’­in­terms­of­the quality­of­work­sites­and­the­caliber­of young­people­who­will­become­‘work ready,­work­smart,”­said­Oliver. This­year’s­partners­include­Racine Unified­School­District,­Burlington­Area School­District,­Educators­Credit­Union, Gateway­Technical­College,­Racine County,­UW­Parkside,­United­Way­of Racine­County,­Opportunities Industrialization­Center­(OIC)­of­Racine County,­Racine­Family­YMCA,­and­City of­Racine. For­additional­information­regarding the­program­contact­Mark­Mundl 262.638.6621

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Racine­–­Racine­County­Executive­Jim Ladwig announced today­that­the Racine County Workforce Development Center (WDC)­is accepting applications for­its­2011 Summer Youth Employment and­Training­Program,­now­called­“E3” (“Employ,­Enrich,­Engage”).­“The­E3 program­was­very­successful­in­2009­and 2010,­and­we­are­delighted­to­be­able­to continue­it­in­2011,”said­Ladwig.­“I­am looking­forward­to­seeing­the­innovative ideas­from­private­and­nonprofit­employers­that­will­make­this­year’s­program even­better.” This­year,­WDC­and­its­partners­will provide­summer­employment­opportunities­for­100­to­150­Racine­County­youth aged­16­to­24.­Applications­will­be accepted­from­youth­seeking­work­experience­and­from­employers­wanting­to host­participants. New­to­this­year’s­program­is­an­eighthour­unpaid­volunteer­component. Another­component­is­an­intensive­oneweek­orientation­to­help­youth­learn­the skills­needed­for­success­in­the­workplace.­­During­that­period,­eligible­participants­will­be­paid­a­stipend.­Students who­complete­the­program­will­earn­0.5

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SHEPHERD’S GUIDE Greater Mt. Eagle Greater St. Luke’s Baptist Church Missionary Baptist Church Sunday­School­ •­ 9:00­AM Sunday­Worship­Service­­•­ 10:45­AM Bible­Study­(Wed.)­ ­•­ 6:00­PM Word­of­Life­(Youth­Program)­(Thur. ) •­­6:30­PM

Sunday School 9:15 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Bible Class (Wednesday) • 6 pm

Pastor Keith Evans

“A­God­Glorifying,­Christ Centered,­Spirit-Filled Church” 929 State Street • Racine, Wisconsin 53404

637-1606

The Community

Pastor Jessie Summerall

1326 State Street 632-4146

Gospel Mission Ministries

helps celebrate 30 Years of Music Top photo: The Douglas Singers, a female gospel quartet, electrified the audience during the celebration of Frozene Hayes’ 30 years in the Gospel Music Ministry, held Friday, May 6, at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Racine. Left: members of the audience clapped their hands to the sounds of Min. Percy Gray, featuring Joshua’s Troop. Nearly 200 people attended the celebration to give the national recording artist well wishes. Below: Hayes gives her approval to the artist that performed a special song in her honor.

Prayer Service (Thursday) • 6 pm

SeArChinG TOGeTher MiSSiOnAry BAPTiST ChurCh Rev. Willie Riley, Senior Pastor 262.633.4421

825­21st­Street­•­Racine Sunday School Worship Service Mid Morning Worship Service Wednesday Afternoon Bible Study Wednesday Dinner Wednesday evening Bible Study Saturday Morning Prayer

9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 12:00 noon 5:30-6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m.

Trinity United Missionary Baptist Church 306-5th Street, Racine, WI

Sunday School 9:30 AM Sunday Worship 10:30 AM Prayer Service (Wed.) 5:00 PM Bible Class & Prayer (Wed.) - 6:00 PM

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Pastors Breon and Karen Norton 945 N. Memorial Drive • Racine, WI 53403 262.634.3156 Sunday Service • 1:30 p.m. Wednesday • 7:15 p.m. Friday Prayer and Praise Dance • 7:15 p.m.


26th Annual EIP & 12th GEAR UP Recognition Banquet held at Infusino’s Top­photo:­­Michelle­Payne,­a­student­at­McKinley Middle­School,­shows­her­father­Ronny­Payne,­the­plaque­she­received­for­having­the highest­Grade­Point­Average­as­a­6th­grader­in­the­program.­Not­shown­is­her­mother Michelle­Hudson.­­Left­photo:­Racine­County­Board­Supervisor­Donnie­Snow,­who was­the­event­keynote­speaker­congratulates­Tameisha­Gage,­a­10th­grade­student­who attends­Park­High­School.­­She­received­an­Award­of­Achievement­for­having­a­2.5­to 2.9­cumulative­grade­point­average,­participating­in­at­least­50%­of­EIP/GEAR­UP activities,­having­good­attendance,­and­being­punctual­at­school.­­Right­photo:­­Xavier Anderson,­an­11th­grade­student­at­Park­High­School,­is­commended­for­his­success­in the­EIP/GEAR­UP­program. The­Early­Identification­Program­focuses­on­students­in­grades­8-12­by­recognizing achievements­and­identifying­potential­academic­problems­before­they­arise.­It­emphasizes­academic­participation,­parental­involvement,­and­curriculum­guidance­for­the students.­­The­EIP­program­also­assists­students­with­obtaining­financial­aid­and­college­placement.­­Students­are­also­encouraged­to­participate­in­a­variety­of­pre-college programs­offered­statewide.­ The­federally­funded­GEAR­UP­program­provides­early­information­to­students­in grades­6­to­12­and­to­parents­about­college­options,­required­courses,­and­financial­aid.­ Page 14 The Insider News Wisconsin, May 15-31, 2011


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