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Thursday, July 20, 2017

SAM BELTON - Enterprising Businessman and Jazz Musician


Sam Belton, Owner

CITY.NET Café, Milwaukee's passport to great coffee is an abode for the cultured and a hub for the jazz lover. Indeed, CITY.NET Cafe is unique, and its distinctive appeal can be attributed to owner Sam Belton. Mr. Belton encompasses all that his shop represents. CITY.NET Café is in two locations, 306 E. Wisconsin Ave. and the lower level of the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

Mr. Belton is not only a jazz lover; he is a jazz drummer and percussionist. Hence the atmosphere is an extension of him. The walls of the coffee shop are decked with pictures, posters and signs of jazz greats. The air is filled with the captivating sounds of Coltrane, Miles and Hancock. Willingly or not, listening customers are wooed into a world of rhythm and spontaneity as they enjoy coffee or a meal. In addition to the powerful jazz presence, Belton exposes patrons to his experience as a world traveler. He shares this through pictures of skylines in cultural hotbeds such as Philadelphia, New York, and Paris. In fact, Belton explains that the idea for an internet cafe came from his exposure to such cafes during travels to Paris, London, and Amsterdam.

Prior to embarking on his entrepreneurial quest, Mr. Belton served the youth of Milwaukee's inner city as a music teacher. Through his tutelage, several students have gone on to become professional musicians. Countless others have been inspired to study and appreciate music as a true form of art. Belton's own educational background is impressive. He has earned a Bachelor's of Music from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Master's of Education from Lesley College.

When Mr. Belton is not managing the affairs of CITY.NET Café or playing at local events, he pastors Spirit of Truth World Ministries along with his wife Lazonnie Belton. There he teaches with passion and expresses the importance of a life of discipline, love, and faith. And if Mr. Belton's stated multi-dimensionality isn't enough, he is the proud father of three adult children and five grandchildren. Milwaukee is privileged to have a model citizen such as Sam Belton in the community. His altruism is and has been demonstrated through his service on the educational, business and faith-based levels. Mr. Belton's foresight is admirable. His style is irreplaceable. His heart is genuine.


CITY.NET Café, is Milwaukee's Jazziest Coffeehouse located in three locations across Milwaukee including downtown at 306 E. Wisconsin Ave., in the Milwaukee County Courthouse and the Rite-Hite YMCA. It allows patrons to escape to a world of easier times.

The melodic harmonies of jazz greats like John Coltrane and Miles Davis fill the cozy space, while the vintage artful pieces on the walls allow guests to stamp their mental passport and travel to beautiful places abroad. Proud owner Sam Belton picked up many of his ideas for the coffee house through his world travels to many countries in Africa and Europe as a minister at Spirit of Truth World Ministries. He operated his first coffee shop on 72nd and Burleigh for several years prior to the move on Wisconsin Ave. and currently, operates a total of three cafes with an additional location planned for early 2015.

Belton is a drummer and the cafe offers a variety of opportunities for Belton to showcase his passion for music and for people to slow down and connect. Live Jazz night at the Wisconsin Ave. affords guests to unwind on Friday's and hear Sam Belton and Friends, a quartet jam out to soulful original smooth sounds. CNJC is also available for book clubs, live poetry and other groups to meet.

Visit CNJC at one of four Milwaukee locations:

Courthouse, Lower Level: 901 N. 9th St.                 Hours: M-F - 7:00am - 2:00pm
Rite Hite YMCA: 9250 N. Green Bay Rd                  Hours: M-F - 6:30am - 2:00pm
Behavioral Health Division:                                    Hours: M-F - 6:30am - 3:00pm
       9455 W Watertown Plank Rd
Downtown: 306 E. Wisconsin Ave.                          Hours: M-F - 6:00am - 3:30pm
                                                                                                        Sat - 7:00am - 2:00pm
Call Us:  414.336.1723

Sunday, July 16, 2017

GARFIELD DAY - Saturday, July 15, 2017, Year 18

Saturday Fun on Garfield Avenue in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
July 15, 2017

July 16, 2017
Milwaukee ||  The 18th year celebration of Garfield Day brought hundreds out to enjoy Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Art, and summer foods.  It was also a time to view African impression clothing, jewelry, oils, scents, chatting with friends and neighbors of varied age groups.

It was also time for the older adult to "cut a step or two" to the Blues song of Johnny Taylor - "Last 2 $Dollars".

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Barrett 's Bait & Switch with the Labor Department rendered Milwaukeeans sterile

BAIT-N-SWITCH - No Skin in the Game for the People

July 13, 2017

“Milwaukee continually demonstrates innovative workforce development. I’m incredibly proud we are leading this newly created regional consortium. This will provide a tremendous opportunity for all of our urban partners to learn from each other and share ideas,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “I would like to thank the leadership of all of the Midwest Urban Strategies partner cities for their commitment to regional workforce development, and Christine Quinn from the U.S. Department of Labor for her support of this initiative.” 
July 7, 2017

BAIT N SWITCH with the Face of Color

For Midwest Urban Strategies - Milwaukee Partner - Employ Milwaukee, it failed to bring the key benefactors to the table for planning and problem solving for kick-off to create the model appropriate for core values and enthusiasm in growth.  To create a groundswell of HOPE.

MUS/Midwest Urban Strategies failed to include the citizenry for the creation of plan as well as short and long-term goal-making.  

First-step BUY-IN and neighborhood authenticity is necessary for historic presence by those with skills and those documenting transparency for accountability and multi-generational growth.

We vigorously encourage self-tasking, self-maintenance, and self-sufficiency by the stakeholders - EndUsers.  Anything less, creates a "CRACK" in the foundation and the deliverables.

This alleged model has the monopoly-oligopoly stench of Tim Sheehy, MMAC-Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce, MEDC-Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation, Greater Milwaukee Committee and Milwaukee 7; i.e., Dan Bader - Bader Philanthropies.

Tom Barrett and Friends have again found more DOL/Department of Labor funds and resources to steal from the People/Milwaukeeans with the assistance of Black Faces; i.e., Earl Buford and Willie Wade.

Not this time.

We will at the very least notify Ms. Christine Quinn - Chicago and others of DOL in Washington, DC for a "Call to Order".

More to come.