Jacquelyn D. Heath Archives

‘Hamilton’ heralds Milwaukee live theater return

October 21, 2021

By Jacquelyn D. Heath Special to The Milwaukee Times After a COVID-19 pandemic- enforced hiatus of more than 18 months from all things social and most things entertaining, live theater has returned to Milwaukee. And what a return it is. One of the most celebrated modern musicals – Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony, Grammy, Pulitzer and Kennedy… [Read More]

An unquenchable thirst for violence?

August 19, 2021

By Jacquelyn D. Heath Special to The Milwaukee Times Consider the following incidents making the news recently in the span of two days. • A man is convicted of killing his two children and their mother. • A two-year-old child is shot and killed after he and his older brothers found their father’s gun and… [Read More]

Juneteenth: Pain, Pride, Possibility

June 24, 2021

Special to The Milwaukee Times By Jacquelyn D. Heath It took 402 years, but Americans of African descent finally have received their formal, long-overdue invitation to participate in the sociopolitical experiment that is the United States and what it allegedly represents. Since 1619, when the first Africans were brought to North America as other people’s… [Read More]

Alexis J. Roston Salutes Ella Fitzgerald as ‘First Lady of Song’

May 6, 2021

By Jacquelyn D. Heath Special to The Milwaukee Times The last week of April, 2021 marked the return of live theater to Milwaukee, with the opening of First Lady of Song: Alexis J. Roston Sings Ella Fitzgerald, at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. With a program presented concert-style, Chicago- based actress Alexis J. Roston either could… [Read More]

The “R-word”—Reparations

June 25, 2020

I think I heard the word “reparations” for the first time while I was a college student at Northwestern University (NU) in Evanston, Illinois. However, it was not in the classrooms of that admittedly proud, prestigious (and pricey) institution. It was through the Black Student Union on campus, officially known as “For Members Only” (FMO),… [Read More]

Justice for Colin?

June 11, 2020

By Jacquelyn D. Heath Since the tragic murder of George Floyd at the hand (make that knee) of a Minneapolis police officer, people in the United States have been on a sojourn of soul searching to get on the right side of the future as far as race relations are concerned. After more than 400… [Read More]

Milwaukee Mayor Barrett hosts annual picnic at the zoo

August 29, 2019

On Saturday, August 24, 2019, Mayor Tom Barrett hosted his annual ‘Zoo Picnic’ fundraiser at the Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Bluemound Rd. The mayor hosted the event, which serves as a fundraiser for his campaign. More than 400 people from all areas of the city, of all ages and walks of life attended the… [Read More]

Op-Ed: The power of positive community action

August 31, 2018

By: Jacquelyn D. Heath Special to the Milwaukee Times As summer winds down in Milwaukee, attention turns from enjoying all that comes with this famously fabulous (albeit short) season to preparing for change, new beginnings, and fresh starts. A major change looming before many households in some way these days is the start of a… [Read More]

Milwaukee Times Founder Nathan Conyers passes away at 72

May 3, 2018

By: Jacquelyn D. Heath Nathan Conyers, whose keen news sense, Christian spirit, and community concern lead to the founding of The Milwaukee Times Weekly Newspaper, died Friday, April 27, 2018, after a long illness. He was 72. Mr. Conyers has been a familiar face and voice on Milwaukee’s general community scene, and in particular, through… [Read More]

Dael Orlandersmith: A ‘theater worker’ who writes the truth

April 12, 2018

By Jacquelyn D. Heath Special to The Milwaukee Times Others have described Dael Orlandersmith as an actress, a performer, a playwright, a poet. From her own viewpoint, she is simply ‘a theater worker’. That is, she is someone who applies their talents to create products for public consumption to be delivered via the stage. The… [Read More]