Finance 2022

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Nearly 160 years ago, Union General William T. Sherman led 60,000 soldiers on his
Dr. Ruben L. Anthony Jr. has a gift for seeing potential in others, even before they see it in themselves. Equally, he can zero in on opportunities, where others only envision obstacles.
Ray Allen is supposed to be retired. He reminds himself of this every now and then. But the tireless community advocate is cut from a different kente cloth.
If Afra Smith had her way, no one would experience the money problems she had. The struggle was real.

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Finance 2022 – First Fruits

Cover: Illustration:Church Folks Artist:Jerry Butler



UMOJA Publisher/Editor: Choose Your Financial Weapon: Louis Vuitton Heels? Or a Home?

Nearly 160 years ago, Union General William T. Sherman led 60,000 soldiers on his



The Black Business Hub: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Generational Wealth Building, and More

Dr. Ruben L. Anthony Jr. has a gift for seeing potential in others, even before they see it in themselves. Equally, he can zero in on opportunities, where others only envision obstacles.



Ray Allen Named President & CEO of Milwaukee’s Oldest Black-Owned Bank

Ray Allen is supposed to be retired. He reminds himself of this every now and then. But the tireless community advocate is cut from a different kente cloth.



A Black Woman’s Journey to Financial Wellness

If Afra Smith had her way, no one would experience the money problems she had. The struggle was real.



Hundreds gather for historic unveiling of the Divine Nine Garden Plaza

Hundreds of current and alumni members of the fraternities and sororities of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, also known as the Divine Nine, and their many supporters gathered on May 7 for the unveiling of the Divine Nine Garden Plaza at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.



2022 YWCA Madison Women of Distinction Leadership Awards: Honoring the Emerging Legacy of Women Doing the Work

The YWCA Madison Women of Distinction Leadership Awards, held this spring at the Garver Feed Mill, honored six eminent women of color whose unparallel passions collectively make Greater Madison a better place for all. 



Commander Dr. Ruben Anthony … Sir!

The next time you run into the president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison, you might want to straighten your back and salute.



Milwaukee Elected Its First Black Mayor: Cavalier Johnson

Cavalier Johnson paused to choke back tears before expressing gratitude to supporters during his inaugural speech as Milwaukee’s first African American elected as mayor.



A Day of Community Action

Mark Thomas, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross of Wisconsin, left the Sickle Cell Awareness Blood Drive at the Urban League of Greater Madison energized and inspired by what he witnessed.



Beloved Youth Coach, Standout Badger Football Great, Jeff Mack Sr, Passes Away at Age 68

Jeffery Frazier Mack Sr. was born Oct. 30, 1953, and made his transition on May 8, 2022, after battling battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 68.



Beloved Community Leader Wayne Strong

A selfless and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, father-figure to many, and steward of civic engagement, Wayne Strong left this world suddenly on June 20, 2022, at age 62.



Longtime Community Activist and Force in Local Media, Gaddi Ben Dan, dies at age 76

Madison lost a pioneer in local Black media when the co-founder of a long-running children’s show and leader in community journalism, Gaddi Ben Dan, died at his home on May 11, friends said. He was 76.



8 Best Business Grants for Black Women Entrepreneurs

The most recent wave of the Black Lives Matter movement has amplified what Black people in America have known for centuries: Systemic racism is alive and well in America.



Success in Starting Your Own Business

Anyone can start a business. Running a successful business, though, is an entirely different story.



9 fantastic Black-owned hotels to book now

There’s nothing like travel to help you forget all your problems. Relaxing in another environment seems to erase all those stressors back home, whether it’s a quick weekend getaway or an international adventure.



What Could Happen if You Invested $1 a Day in the Stock Market?

You could end up with more than six times what you contributed



The Big Bad Wolf: Inflation

You are losing money in your sleep. No, I am not referring to opportunity costs, I’m referring to inflation. The inflation rate is at a whopping 8.54%.



UMOJA SHORTS — Finance 2022

Madison's Hip Hop Architect Gets Major Award and Creates His Own Hieroglyphics The Wisconsin State Journal The work of Michael Ford is meant to stand out, inspire and engage. The Madison architect is in the midst of designing the space for the Universal Hip Hop Museum in New York, has submitted designs for the proposed [...]