Taking Care of Black Business

Taking Care of Black Business

At the end of the 20th century, African Americans in Tulsa, OK founded and developed a business community in the Greenwood section of the city. This area was known as “Black Wall Street.” Because of segregation laws that prohibited Black residents from shopping in...
Jeff Patterson: A Cut Above the Rest

Jeff Patterson: A Cut Above the Rest

Photos courtesy of Leotha Stanley Known as “JP” around Madison, Jeff Patterson has grown his business, JP Hair Design, into a Madison institution. Today, Patterson is not only a barber and business owner; he is a commercial property owner and landlord with the...
Verline Gee-Fleming:

Verline Gee-Fleming:

Strength, Resilience, Wisdom & Humor Photo courtesy of Anthony Cooper Verline Gee-Fleming was a name that resonated strength, resilience, and wisdom in the hearts of those who knew her. Born on November 10, 1939, she carried herself with grace and determination,...
Vanessa- “Loop”-ing Strength and Empowerment

Vanessa- “Loop”-ing Strength and Empowerment

In February of this year, Vanessa McDowell Atlas announced that she would be stepping down as CEO of YWCA Madison and moving on to serve as Chief Operating Officer of the nationally-based organization, Black Girl Ventures, an organization dedicated to serving and...