October 2019


Cover: The Silent Struggle; Artist: Jerry Butler
The ending of a thing can often be the beginning of something special. Just ask Tamara Thompson and her business partner Tia Murray.

Calling all artists!

Put your artwork on a UMOJA cover! Works selected will fit the monthly editorial topic and reflect the county’s unique stories, history, and people.

UMOJA Inside:

‘We can’t keep this in the closet any longer’

It’s dusk and a somber crowd is gathered at Olbrich Park along the shore of Lake Monona in observance of International Overdose Awareness Day. Rain drizzled almost on cue to wash the tear-stained faces of those bound by unwanted memories of losing loved ones to drug overdoses.

Black Women’s Wellness Day

Emotional tears and chills were instant at the start of the 11th Annual Black Women’s Wellness Day program. A strong voice, spitting lyrics of self-love and self-affirmation boomed from the microphone of Kendria Harris, a Chicago-based spoken word artist who goes by the name of K-Love the poet, as she entered the convention room.

Fellows Talk Finance

Martha’s Vineyard might have a lock on “the place to be” every second weekend of August, but Milwaukee is where you want to be the weekend after that. For more than 20 years, John Daniels Jr., managing partner emeritus of Quarles and Brady LLP, and his national team of altruists have hosted the Fellowship Open Golf Tournament. Something more akin to a movement than an event, the Fellowship Open raises tens of thousands of dollars for numerous local charities in the Milwaukee area. Commendably, this carve-out of the talented tenth, who are also avid golfers, had the revelation that they could do more than vicariously support the good works of others. Their aggregated initiative can change lives and communities in ways that siloed endeavors could never accomplish.

MSCR Afterschool Makes a Difference

Since the early 1900s, Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) has provided afterschool activities for Madison children. MSCR serves more than 10,000 children in a variety of enriching afterschool programs at 15 elementary schools, two community centers, twelve middle school and four high schools.

Southwest Madison Employment Center: An Empowered Investment in Community

The Southwest Madison Employment Center, the newest partnership between the Urban League of Greater Madison and the City of Madison, opened on a sunny and breezy September morning, a sign of the new life the two organizations hope its presence will bring to the southwest Madison community.

Black Girls Do Bike

On a recent Saturday morning, the sunshine sparkled across Lake Monona like a sea full of diamonds. Birds were silhouettes against the peaceful, steel blue sky. In the parking lot of the Machinery Row Bicycles shop, a group of cyclists are beginning to gather.

Microblading and Ombré Microshading: Mom Hack on Makeup Application Time

Hey Momma, you know how it feels to be at the bottom of your own to do list? Yeah, me too! But you don’t have to be anymore. We have got to find ways to conquer the racing clock, to insert ourselves back into our lives and to save time. That’s the reason I developed Swurly and it’s the reason I’m motivated to buy many products I own. Trust me I try to carve out a little time for myself but since I’ve become a mother I have eliminated many of the steps in my beauty routine and creating perfectly coifed brows is a time suck. Mornings are chaotic especially when you have young children that are dependent on you to get them out the door. Have no fear honey, a solution is here!

Lose the Excuses and Become A Healthier You With These Black Fitness Instructors!

All those that need a little extra push to help stick to a fitness routine, or a kick in the pants to get started, raise your hand! Good health, wellness, fitness and healthy lifestyles are important for all people of all ages. These fitness gurus will not only inspire you, but help you reach your goals.

You Need to Scrape Your Tongue

Afew months ago, I shared some of my self-care rituals on Melanin Habits. However, I neglected to mention that tongue scraping is a vital part of my morning dental care routine. When you wake up in the morning, do you ever notice a white or yellow film on your tongue? That’s bacteria. Not too pleasant, right? Well actually, that film is pretty natural. While we are sleeping, our body detoxifies itself. The film on your tongue when you wake up is your body’s way of expelling toxins (also known as “morning breath”).

UMOJA Shorts – October

Installation of New Senior Pastor at Greater Bethlehem Temple World Ministries in Milwaukee On Sept. 29, Greater Bethlehem Temple World Ministries in Milwaukee celebrated the installation of Marquis S. Young as senior pastor of the church. He is the congregations’ third pastor to hold the position.  Established in 1946, it is said to be the [...]

The Silent Struggle

Cover: The Silent Struggle; Artist: Jerry Butler

UMOJA Publisher/Editor: Breathe, Sweat, Glow … Repeat

Many may not know that I spent roughly 18 years crafting my journalism and editing skills in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.

Let Us Make Man: Urban League of Greater Madison, UW Extension Partner on Unique Fatherhood Initiative

Danielle Hairston-Green, Ph.D., CFCS-HDFS is the director of the University of Wisconsin – Madison Extension’s Human Development and Relationships Institute.

1st Black-Owned Barber College in Madison Give Students Cutting Edge

Brian “Frog” Britt has a childhood story that’s not easy to share.

All of Us Research Program: A Future in Custom-Made Health Care

For generations, many African Americans have developed a harsh distrust of the health care system.

African Americans Disproportionately Burdened by Alzheimer’s Disease

Brain health is an important part of overall good health, although many are not always aware of the important functions of the brain.

Understanding Adolescent Mental Health and the Growing Trend of Youth Yoga and Mindful Moment Rooms

Talking about mental health to show support and reduce the stigma surrounding it is on the rise among all communities as of late due to mass shootings, natural disasters, and countless other headline-grabbing events that affect our ability to function amongst our daily routines.

Rebirth: Doulas, Midwives Offer Alternative to Traditional Maternal Care

The ending of a thing can often be the beginning of something special. Just ask Tamara Thompson and her business partner Tia Murray.

Jasmine Zapata Aims to Empower Communities to Aid Prevention

Dr. Jasmine Zapata believes that the pathway to improving African American birth outcomes begins long before conception, pregnancy or delivery.