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Local media coverage of NBA finals reflects lack of Black journalists in Milwaukee sports broadcasting

It has been 50 years since the Milwaukee Bucks have won an NBA championship, making this arguably the biggest sports moment in the history of the city of Milwaukee. As the city celebrated the win, TV stations in Milwaukee and across Wisconsin shared in the excitement through their coverage of Game 6 of the NBA Finals. For this reason, we, at the Wisconsin Black Media Association (WBMA), believe it is important to not only focus on what was happening on the basketball court, but to bring attention to who was not in the picture, as far as coverage of...

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Angela Lang: The bittersweetness of Juneteenth’s recognition as a Federal holiday

Juneteenth has been the day we commemorate the end of slavery. As long as I can remember, my friends and family referred to it as “our 4th of July.” It’s always a day of fun, community, and celebration. But Juneteenth feels different lately. Last year started our traumatic journey through not only a global pandemic, but also the largest civil rights movement in history. This year we’re still dealing with racism and police violence. How far have we really come? We just saw the Wisconsin Legislature take up bills on criminal justice reform. BLOC and our partners have been...

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Vote by Wisconsin GOP shows their utter contempt for unemployed workers impacted by the pandemic

Unemployed Wisconsinites will now have one more barrier to overcome if they hope to collect Unemployment Insurance, owing to the ill-advised votes of Republican members of the Joint Committee on the Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR). It is yet another example of Republicans abusing the rule-making process to make policy detrimental to their own constituents, and reveals what many who have been paying close attention have long known – Wisconsin Republicans want to make it as hard as possible for unemployed Wisconsinites to receive benefits. We should be doing more to build up our neighbors who are struggling the...

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Chris Meza: Wisconsin National Guard officer builds partnerships in Papua New Guinea during pandemic

An Army National Guard officer from Wisconsin spent the better part of the last year forging the foundation for the Wisconsin National Guard’s new state partnership with Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea and the Wisconsin National Guard are no strangers in partnership. During World War II, nearly the entirety of the Wisconsin National Guard deployed to New Guinea to fight the Japanese in brutal campaigns. The now famous 32nd “Red Arrow” Division suffered thousands of casualties fighting through New Guinea and the Philippines where it spent 654 days in combat – more than any other division in the...

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“No Menthol Sunday” campaign kicks off in Wisconsin as Federal government mulls action on tobacco

Faith leaders, elected officials, youths, and others joined local and national health advocates to kick off No Menthol Sunday activities in Wisconsin in grand fashion recently. “The FDA has made flavored vapor products illegal, but they have made an exception for menthol, and this contributes to issues of health equity that we experience across the state,” said Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes during his opening speech. No Menthol Sunday, which is being celebrated on May 16, is an annual day of observance led by The Center for Black Health and Equity and supported locally by the Wisconsin African American Tobacco...

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