Jacquelyn D. Heath Archives

No access means no choice

May 12, 2022

By Jacquelyn D. Heath Special to The Milwaukee Times Since January 22, 1973, women in the United States have felt assured that their legal right to the option of a safe abortion was protected, after the Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade. A second case decided later that same year, Doe v. Bolton, seemed… [Read More]

A Supreme Court for all of us

April 21, 2022

By Jacquelyn D. Heath Special to The Milwaukee Times The Supreme Court of the United States of America was established by Article III of the Constitution in 1789 and assembled to hear its first case in 1790. There was nothing in the Constitution then specifying the prescribed race or gender of those individuals qualified to… [Read More]

Comedy and knowing what’s not funny

April 7, 2022

By Jacquelyn D. Heath Special to The Milwaukee Times Like many people, I enjoy a good laugh. Sitcoms, funny movies and stand-up comedy are among the forms of entertainment I seek out when it’s time to unwind. Many of my favorite entertainers, past and present, are comedians – Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen De Generes, Cedric (The… [Read More]

Time to amend the amendment?

December 2, 2021

By Jacquelyn D. Heath Special to The Milwaukee Times Growing up in a family that was liberally sprinkled with members of professional law enforcement – including local police and sheriff ’s departments and the FBI, I developed some basic viewpoints about the law and guns. Two of those viewpoints were 1) always try to live… [Read More]

‘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]