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News curated for and about Milwaukee’s African American Community

Suburban job connector, Joseph Project, to expand ...

Dan Shafer

At the Milwaukee Business Journal’s “Bridging the Milwaukee Jobs Gap Forum” at the Milwaukee Y...

Executive positioned to lift city’s poorest ...

Dan Shafer

Cheryl Blue grew up in Milwaukee’s 53206 ZIP code, and now she’s in a position to live her passi...

Milwaukee rated “least equal metro area̶...

National Urban League

The National Urban League report report also examines economic inequalities across the country, show...

Eric Von Fellowship to Preserve Radio Legacy

Dylan Deprey

Eric Von’s voice could be heard every weekday from 7-9am on WNOV-AM. His signature signoff, “Be ...

Black Violin Comes to Milwaukee Tickets on Sale Fr...

MCJATLANTA

Milwaukee, WI (Thursday, June 8, 2017) – Black Violin comes to Milwaukee for one night only on Sat...

Report: Black Women are Working Hard But ‘Our Co...

Vanessa Williams

A new report about the nation’s black women paints a familiar portrait of a group that is working ...

Running Rebels launch campaign to buy, operate 2nd...

Fox6Now.com
Beverly Taylor
Fox6Now.com

MILWAUKEE -- The Running Rebels Community Organization kicked off its capital campaign on Tuesday, J...

Heal The Hood Expands To Add Resources, More Neigh...

Hailey Richards
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

At the end of a long work day, Jessica Butler, co-coordinator of Heal the Hood, received a call that...

Celebration Held Honoring The Powerful and Positiv...

Madison365
David Dahmer
Madison365

A large group of community members came together last night at Bandung Indonesian Restaurant on Madi...

Black Girls Do Bike in Madison: Women of Color Inv...

Madison 365
Diane Schwartz
Madison 365

What do you do if you are an African-American woman, love to ride your bike, but don’t have anyone...

Full Time Physician Assistant Jackie Oraedu is Ms....

Paishance Welch
Milwaukee Community Journal

She is a full time Physician Assistant, model, mommy and blogger. She is beautiful, inspiring and tr...

Gee’s Clippers Opens New, Combined Location in M...

Fox6Now.com
Megan Pospychala
Fox6Now.com

A popular Milwaukee barbershop has combined its two locations into one big building. Gee’s Clipper...

Visual Artist Creates Murals, Paintings Focused on...

Dean Bibens
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

[embed]https://youtu.be/WK8eELNQ6g4[/embed] Editor’s note: This story is one of an occasional s...

Bringing Our Money Together

Nyesha Stone
Nyesha Stone

The power of two black minds can change a community. Bridget Robinson and Symphony Swan created a wa...

#WWBIC30th SURPRISE: ProTrade Job Development

WWBIC
WWBIC
WWBIC

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XUCRkxGdNU&feature=youtu.be[/embed] This month WWBIC surp...

Social X MKE 10thirtySix+PBS Milwaukee Feature Sto...

Milwaukee PBS
NNS Reporter Naomi Waxman & PBS' Everett Marshburn
Milwaukee PBS

Check out Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service and Milwaukee Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in a s...

Ossie Kendrix named AACCW’s President and CE...

African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin
African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin

Business leader Ossie Kendrix has been named president and CEO with the African American Chamber of ...

Milwaukee Native, Jade Charon, to Launch Dance Leo...

Danielle Miller
Milwaukee Courier

Growing up as a dancer in Milwaukee, Charon felt out of place in the dance world. Not only because s...

Daddy’s Soul Food & Grille Boasts Affordabl...

Mitchell Mittelstedt

Bennie Smith, owner of Daddy’s Soul Food, 754 N. 27th St., says that his father was the inspiratio...

April Email Newsletter – It’s Our 2nd ...

Just two short years ago, we launched Milwaukee Black Business!  Our goal is to encourage, excite, ...

Celebrating 16 Black-Owned Restaurants

Urban Milwaukee
Mitchell Mittelstedt
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

  Monterrey Smoke House at 551 W. Becher St., owned by chefs Robert Bergeron and Dion Jeffer...

Vacant Lots In Lindsay Heights To Be Developed Int...

Edgar Mendez
Rendering of the Adams Garden Park. (Rendering courtesy of Mayer Helminiak Architects

Agusta Mason, who moved to Lindsay Heights two years ago, said one thing he’s noticed since moving...

Milwaukee rapper cast in “White Boy RickR...

Piet Levy
Calvin Mattheis

One of the Milwaukee music scene's biggest stars is heading to the big screen. Rapper IshDARR —...

Monterrey Smoke House Brings Soul To Seafood

Mitchell Mittelstedt
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

See Video Below.  Monterrey Smoke House at 551 W. Becher, owned by chefs Robert Bergeron and Dion J...

Soprano Alyson Cambridge featured at Marcus Center

Urban Milwaukee
Jim Cryns
Florentine Opera Company

Soprano Alyson Cambridge, who has performed in past Florentine shows like Madame Butterfly, will sin...

Local Artist Paints The Stories Of All Peoples Chu...

Camille Paul
Camille Paul

Phylisha Dixon, 17, started coming to All Peoples Church in Harambee three years ago after moving to...

‘Hamilton’ star Odom, Audra McDonald l...

Jim Higgins
MSO

Broadway stars Leslie Odom Jr. and Audra McDonald lead the lineup of Milwaukee Symphony Pops concert...

Development Honoring Welford Sanders’ Legacy To ...

Edgar Mendez
Sue Vliet

One of the last conversations Welford Sanders had was with Bob Lemke, president of Wisconsin Redevel...

New Tandem Restaurant – Bridges Two Milwaukee’...

MCJStaff
Kim Robinson

When Caitlin Cullen looks at the former Wally Schmidt Tavern on the near north side, she sees more t...

Keep It Moving: Make Connections

Madison 365
Deborah A. Biddle
Madison 365

As part of your overall job search strategy, networking offers a considered approach to meeting new ...

Next Generation of Manufacturers Will Be Entrepren...

Jabril Faraj
Jabril Faraj

As early as third grade, when he built a traffic light with his grandfather for a science fair, Qaiy...

Entrepreneur works to develop children’s fashion...

Alexandria Bursiek
Alexandria Bursiek

When Chloe Allison was a little girl she had a pair of pink patent leather dress shoes that she love...

JazzyRaé Jewels Creates Sanctuary Space for Black...

Miela Fetaw
Toya Gale

It doesn’t take much to get JohnRaé Stowers talking. The vibrant owner of JazzyRaé Jewels & ...

Local African American Women Make Their Mark in Re...

Karen Stokes
Karen Stokes

The road to success as a real estate professional can be bumpy and crowded with realtors who struggl...

Milwaukee Panel Focused on Creating Sustainable Bl...

MCJStaff
MCJStaff

The people came together to do better! On Saturday, March 4th local and state leaders held a pane...

Ashley’s Bar-B-Que Reopens

On Milwaukee
Lori Fredrich

Rib tips, pulled pork, hot links and more will be waiting for you again next week on Milwaukee's Nor...

Great Migrants: Meet the former Southerners who h...

Chris Arnade
Chris Arnade

  We're used to tales of crime and blight on the North Side. Here, a nationally acclaimed ph...

MEET MILWAUKEE MILLENNIAL NATHAN HARRIS, OWNER OF ...

PAIGE WESLASKI
Jeremy Baccash

Nathan is the owner of the popular Ugly's Pub, a bar and grill that turns into a jam-packed lounge c...

Black professionals in Milwaukee encounter opportu...

Naomi Waxman
Jeffery Potter

When Ross Terrell, 22, received word that Wisconsin Public Radio had offered him a job, he found him...

The Only Black McDonald’s Franchisee in Wisc...

Fox6Now
Mary Stokes Smith

MILWAUKEE -- At the McDonald's near 76th and Good Hope, there's a lot on the menu. What's not is the...

A Part of the Progress – James Phelps Jr.

Sean Ryan
Scott Paulus

James Phelps Jr shephered JCP Construction through the Great Recession, and now looks to lead subcon...

Kids on the Bus – Milwaukee and School Deseg...

10ThirtySix
Joanne Williams
Milwaukee PBS

A little over 40 years ago, Milwaukee tried to end segregation in the public schools. It took years ...

Next Generation Reshapes Wisconsin’s Image

Nathan Phelps
Gary C. Klien

Dye has built a viable business, but also wants to be an example to others and part of the solution ...

Black History in Wisconsin – What You Need t...

African Americans have been living and working in Wisconsin since the 18th century. The state's blac...

Kaepernick Investing Thousands into Milwaukee Orga...

CBS 58
Amanda Porterfield

He created a stir by sitting down during the national anthem, taking a stand to raise awareness abou...

Young developer is agent of progress in Milwaukee&...

Tom Daykin
Mark Hoffman

The building that Ariam Kesete plans to buy and renovate is vacant and sits on a block with other em...

Executive Profile – President and CEO Kathy ...

Melanie Lawder
Scott Paulus

For veteran retail executive Kathy Thornton-Bias, the sleep industry is a segment she's never embark...

African American Businesses increase 35 percent

According to the U.S.  Small Business Administration, there are 2.6 million African American-owned ...

Black-owned construction company JCP tapped to lea...

Edgar Mendez
Photo courtesy of Uihlein Wilson Architects, Inc.

JCP Construction President James Phelps, who co-founded the company with his brothers Clifton and Ja...

North Side Area’s Crime Declines 30%

Jabril Faraj
Jabril Faraj

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Who’s In Milwaukee’s 40 under 40?

Milwaukee Business Journal

The Milwaukee Business Journal just named the 2017 40 under 40.  Here are notable names on the list...

Quest for health led him back to his dream

Truman McGee
Michael McCloone

What started as a quest for better health turned into Trueman McGee’s dream job....

Medical College Hires Greg Wesley

Rich Kirchen
Scott Paulus

The Medical College of Wisconsin hired high-profile Milwaukee attorney Greg Wesley, who has been a m...

Fine-dining restaurant planned for King Drive

Carol Deptolla
Gary Porter

Restaurant veteran James Garner is projecting a spring opening. A restaurant veteran who remembers t...

Eve Hall tapped to lead Milwaukee Urban League

Ben Stanley

Dr. Eve Hall, president and chief executive officer of the African American Chamber of Commerce of W...

City Seeks Firms to Rehab Homes

Sean Ryan

Milwaukee next month will seek companies to buy and rehab vacant, foreclosed houses in the Sherman P...

Mr. Dye Takes His Pies to Milwaukee’s North ...

Melanie Lawder
Photo courtesy of Mr. Dye's Pies

Milwaukee pie maker Mr. Dye's Pies is saying goodbye to its Washington Heights shop and moving its o...

It’s Not Vacant – Small Retailers Hard...

WUWM
Maayan Silver
Maayan Silver

From the outside, it appears as though not much is going at the Milwaukee Mall. But inside, local en...

Acclaimed Journalist Inducted in to 40 under 40 Ha...

Mark Kass

Acclaimed broadcast journalist Eric Von, who passed away in September 2016, is among the group of fo...

Somali Teen Refugee Publishes Book

John Schmid
Pat. A Robinson

At a time when the United Nations says the world has never seen so many refugees, with tens of ...

Black Power 2016: The 44 Most Influential African ...

Madison 365
Henry Sanders

Craig Robinson is the Milwaukee Bucks’ vice president of player and organizational develo...

Black Power 2016: The 44 Most Influential African ...

Madison 365
Henry Sanders

Sabrina Madison is better known as Heymiss Progress. 2016 could be named the Year of Progress. ...

Black Power 2016: The 44 Most Influential African ...

Madison 365
Henry Sanders

Ray Allen is the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), and an u...

Black Power 2016: The 44 Most Influential African ...

Madison 365
Henry Sanders

This is the second in a five-part series. Telisa Yancy is the Chief Marketing Officer for American ...

Black Power 2016: The 44 Most Influential African ...

Madison 365
Henry Sanders

Last year, we published our first Black Power list, naming 28 of the most influential African Americ...

Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective offers suppor...

Naomi Waxman
Valencia Laws

The Wisconsin Doulas of Color Collective is a shining example of women’s power to make profoun...

Come Together – Conversations on Race in Mil...

Barbara Owner

After Sylville Smith and summer unrest in the city, five Milwaukeeans talk openly about race and wha...

North Side entrepreneurs pitch ideas at St. Ann Ce...

Andrea Waxman
Andrea Waxman

St. Ann Center hosted its second incubator to help startups launch or expand businesses in the 53205...

African-Themed Shop Returns To MLK Drive

Clara Hatcher

On the 2200 block of North Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Edgar Birdsong organizes merchand...

Milwaukee’s Inner City Jobs Puzzle – W...

Arthur Thomas

The Century City Business Park is the city’s top initiative to attract much-needed jobs to the inn...

New Monterrey eatery will offer upscale southern c...

OnMilwaukee.com
Lori Fredrich

The new Monterrey restaurant is being prepped to open to the public on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The venue, ...

Many in Milwaukee Neighborhood Didn’t Vote

New York Times
Sabrina Tavernise
Ben Brewer

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Business Owner DaVaughn Patterson

Jabril Faraj

DaVaughn Patterson finishes cutting a stretch of grass on 44th Street, just south of Garfield Avenue...

Young, Connected and Black

Nielsen

African-Americans are exuberant and reflective—optimistic about present-day advances in income, ed...

Daddy’s Soul Food and Grille to open second loca...

Clara Hatcher
Clara Hatcher

Bennie Smith, owner and chef at Daddy’s Soul Food and Grille on North 27th Street, plans to op...

An Entrepreneur Story – Trusted Kicks on Wat...

Dylan Deprey
Dylan Deprey

"Trusted Kicks is located downtown at 532 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202.  "Jones grew up trading ...

Randall: Milwaukee is dying

Bryant Randall
Courtesy of Bryant Randall

Innovators go where the winds of opportunity blow, and they're blowing far, far away from here. "...

African American Actors Headline at MKE Rep this F...

his fall, African-American performers will play the leading roles in all three of Milwaukee Repertor...

By Making Groceries Mobile, Milwaukeeans Hope To B...

wuwm.com
Latoya Dennis

"Access to fresh food is limited in some Milwaukee neighborhoods without full-service grocery stores...

Affluent and Black, and still trapped by Segregati...

New York Times
John Eligon
Ruddy Roye

Why well-off black families end up living in poorer areas than white families with similar or even ...

A New Chapter

Rich Kirchen
Scott Paulus

After he and his partners abruptly closed one of the nation's largest minority-owned law firms in Fe...

“Racial Strife That’s Making Milwaukee Infamou...

Mark Spelt
Wisconsin Historical Society, WHS-25617

Many Americans have read or seen the fiery aftermath following the recent police killing of Syl...

EQUAL PAY: How big is the gap for African-American...

Melissa Wylie

“As a double minority, we experience bias on multiple fronts,” said Kelly Burton, founder of Bo...

Anderson extends Old National Brand

Melanie Lawder
Scott Paulus

Kevin Anderson typically comes into the office for a few extra hours every weekend to spend time on ...

A Personal Essay – Milwaukee Divide Runs Rig...

New York Times
Bassey Etim

"On the North Side that shaped me, there was a resentment, a reflexive skepticism that it took me aw...

You’re White, in America’s Most Segregated Cit...

Urban Milwaukee
Garrett Bucks
Garrett Bucks

I’m a white Milwaukeean writing to other white Milwaukeeans (though I hope it’s useful for white...