Real Talk

Politics & Government
11:47 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Real Talk: Is 'My Brother's Keeper' Initiative Overlooking the Real Issue?

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 27: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as young men who participate in the 'Becoming A Man' program in Chicago watch him during an event in the East Room of the White House February 27, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama signed an executive memorandum following remarks on the "My Brother's Keeper"initiative.
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci speaks with Dr. Dave Pate along with economists Dr. Darrick Hamilton and Dr. William Darity.

When President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative was first announced in February, it emphasized its goal to improve opportunities for young men of color.

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2:20 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

UWM Professor: Report Naming Wisconsin Worst for Black Kids Should Be 'Wake-Up Call'

Using indicators such as fourth-grade reading levels and rates of living in poverty, Wisconsin ranked last in the country for the well-being of black children.
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews UWM professor and Real Talk contributor David Pate.

A recent report named Wisconsin as the worst state for the welfare of black children.

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Project Milwaukee
12:18 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Advocates: 3 Ways to Reduce Wisconsin's $1.2 Billion Corrections Budget

Two members of the Felmers Chaney Correctional Center Community Advisory Board offer suggestions for prison alternatives based on what has worked at the facility.
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci and Real Talk contributor David Pate talk with Felmers Chaney Correctional Facility Advisory Board members R.L. McNeely and Joe Ellwanger.

Wisconsin needs to change its corrections policies in order to reduce the state’s prison population, two advisory board members of a Milwaukee area correctional facility say.

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Project Milwaukee
2:43 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Milwaukee Father: My Time in Prison Doesn't Define Me

A Milwaukee man says not having his own dad around inspired him to grow as a father.

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci and "Real Talk" contributor David Pate talk to a Milwaukee father about life after prison.

Armando is a 36-year-old Milwaukeean, a certified carpenter, and a very proud dad. But he is also a former inmate of a state correctional facility.

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Real Talk
5:04 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Analysts: Child Support Adds to Many Black Fathers' Debt Load

"Real Talk" contributor David Pate explains why paying child support is a struggle for many low-income black fathers in Milwaukee.

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews "Real Talk" contributor David Pate and Gabriela Sandoval and Nino Rodriguez.
Hear part two of the conversation, which aired on Lake Effect on Tuesday, October 15th.

Among the financial challenges facing many of Milwaukee's black men is the disproportionate amount of debt they carry.

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Economy & Business
2:56 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Why Many Black Men in Milwaukee Can't Get Out of Poverty

UWM researcher David Pate says on average black men in Milwaukee carry a disproportionate amount of debt, compared to their white peers.

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Dr. David Pate and researcher Anne Price about the debt many black men in Milwaukee carry.

The latest census figures paint a fairly bleak picture for Milwaukee.

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Economy & Business
11:29 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Location is a Big Factor of the Wealth Gap

Families have to consider the location of where they live in proximity to their place of employment.
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci speaks with Dave Pate and Anne Price.

Milwaukee is known nationwide as being one of the most segregated cities in the country; segregated both racially and economically.

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