MCJ May 20, 2015 Edition

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COMMUNITY VOL. XXXIX Number 42 May 20, 2015

The Milwaukee

JOURNAL 25 Cents



W I S C O N S I N ’ S L A R G E S T A F R I C A N A M E R I C A N N E W S PA P E R

International Walk to “STOP THE VIOLENCE” Prayer Walk

Sept. 16,

‘King of the Blues’ blues legend B.B. King died last week at age 89. B.B. King was an American blues musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 6 on its 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and he was ranked No. 17 in Gibson’s “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time.” According to Edward M. Komara, King “introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that would influence virtually every electric blues guitarist that followed.” King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. King was also inducted into 2014 class of the R&B Music Hall of Fame. He is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname “The King of Blues”, and one of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar.” King is also known for performing tirelessly throughout his musical career, appearing at 250–300 concerts per year until his seventies. In 1956 it was noted that he appeared at 342 shows. King continued to appear at 100 shows a year through the end of his career. King lived a long and full life, brought music and jobs to millions, and died on May 14, 2015. Thanks, B.B. King for your beautiful music.

“Peace in our land” was the mission of last Saturday’s International Walk to “Stop the Violence” Prayer Walk in Milwaukee. Adults, parents, children, and teens joined community activists, clergy and political leaders in walking hand to hand and shoulder to shoulder in calling for an end to the violence in the community’s streets, which this year has spiked even before the end of the school year. Peace for Change was the lead organization among five groups and three churches to organize and sponsor the event, which was one among many to take place across the U.S. and the world, including a number of African and Carribbian nations. The walk started and ended at Friendship Progressive Baptist Church, 2127 N. 21st (21st and Garfield) where a program was held after the walk that focused on proclaimations for a safe place to work, grow and raise our youth. (Photos by Yvonne Kemp)

Community Historian Honored by UWM

Fraternity helps local students who “Dare to Dream” Companions: Even

the Strong Need Aid and Assistance

Ten students from Milwaukee and suburban area schools received achievement awards during the 4th annual “Dare to Dream” scholarship ball sponsored by the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc. This years recipients are (seated, left to right): Andrea Griffin (Arrowhead H.S.), Morgan Harlan (Brookfield Central H.S.), Chiara Sanders (Shorewood H.S.), Jaleese Johnson (Rufus King H.S.), Zhane Brewer (Wauwatosa West H.S.); Standing (left to right): Michael Jones, president of Kappa Alpha Psi; Michael Dixon (Riverside Univ. H.S.), Maxwell Dodd (Audubon H.S.), Trentyn Shaw (Waukesha West H.S.), Yancy Landingham II (Pius XI H.S.), Jonathan David Morris (Dominican H.S.), and Donnell Brice, Polemarch of the Milwaukee Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. The event was held at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)

Irene Goggans, noted ethnographer and community historian of African American life, was bestowed an honorary Doctor of Community History by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee during its 2015 graduation ceremony held Saturday at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, 400 W. Kilbourn Ave. Goggans is noted for keeping records of the accomplishments and happenings in Milwaukee’s African American community. To date, she has collected and assembled more than 300 scrapbooks archiving events, people, places and things pertaining to our community. Her collections also tells the story of Bronzeville, the Black Milwaukee neighborhood that she was a part of for many years. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)

North Division Basketball star makes his intentions known

Darrell Riley, a star basketball player at North Division High School and the state’s leading scorer, recently signed a letter of intent to attend the Mississippi Valley State University and star for that historically Black college/university team. Riley signed the letter infront of North Division teammates, family, friends and members of the student body. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: PULSE OF THE COMMUNITY “Is there a war on Black Males locally

Photos and question by Yvonne Kemp

TRACEY DENT: “Yes, there is a war on Black men. To me it ‘s a new form of slavery in the form of incarceration and killing of Black men. Police are playing chess while we play checkers. We (the community) need to work together so we can win this chess match.”

and nationally? Yes or No?”

MARVIN TAYLOR: “I don’t think it’s a war on Black males. We just need fathers and men to stand up and be men of God!”

May 14,

CYRENA MARTIN: “Yes, I believe there is a war on our Black men. Unfortunately, they have been targeted in numerous unjustified murders. Justice was not allocated. We must acknowledge their lives and families. Many times no action was taken as if the incident never occured. ALL LIVES MATTER!”

THERESA DAWSON: “I feel not is there a war on Black males, there is a war on all people today. No matter what race you may be. You can be male, female, young and old. Some people today don’t value life today. (They) just don’t care. God bless! Black Lives Matter.”

In June of 2014, I coauthored a book with two of my psychologist colleagues entitled “Building a Better Man.”

The focus of the book was to emphasize how we could decrease the aggression and excessive violence in men, while still keeping them assertive and strong.


A 30-minute documentary was completed on our work on MPTV’s Black Nouveau last year. Sadly, there was a lot of material not included due to time constraints. One portion of the book I wanted illuminated more was our Ten Point “to do” list for men looking for tangible solutions upon the road to selfDr. Ramel Smith improvement. Again, time and space will not allow me to illuminate all ten; but I would like to introduce the 7th point: Companions. No man is an island unto himself. For a man to optimize success in his life, he needs several specific companions in his life. They are as follows: 1. Curator: The curator is the elder statesman in your life. This is that guide that teaches you life lessons about the importance of community, culture, and self. Knowledge is power and this person is a wealth of valuable information. There is an African proverb that states “when an old man dies, a library burns to the ground.” We must not belittle or lose the power of our oral tradition and the wisdom that our elders can dispense. 2. Counselor: Although there continues to be a stigma associated with mental health within our community, the value of an objective voice can help us to navigate through the murky waters of life. We all have counselors in life, in some fashion, whether it is Dr. Mom, Pastor, friend, bartender, stranger on the bus or spouse. However, a professional counselor, that is competent, will give you a safe space to vent, but more importantly a space to create solutions for real life problems in real time. 3. Curtain: The curtain is a protector. When a theatrical show is over, someone beside the actor closes the curtain. Some men are too helpful for their own good. These are the men who are always helping other people, to the detriment of their well-being. Sometimes they need someone to help protect them from themselves. Every business executive will tell you that their administrative assistance keeps their schedule flowing and orderly. Good men often can’t say “no” to any worthwhile project, but they and those whom they love usually suffer. This person helps and protects you and everyone knows and respect this guard dog. 4. Conscience: Temptation of fast money, faster women, and an opulent lifestyle has been the downfall of many great and powerful men. The conscience is that person in your life who helps you to adjust your moral compass when the pressure and stress of life leads you off balance. This person is not judgmental, but simply is strong enough to hold the mirror of truth in your face for you to clearly see your true reflection. When all others whisper negatively about you or lack the courage to tell you the truth, (continued on page 5)

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