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Faithe A. Thomas-Colas

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Publisher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Whatever It Takes.

Birthplace

Born:
6/22/1961
Birth Location:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Publisher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Whatever It Takes.

Birthplace

Born:
6/22/1961
Birth Location:
Milwaukee
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Biography

Publisher Faithe A. Thomas-Colas was born on June 22, 1961, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Helen McCray and Floyd Thomas. Colas graduated from John Marshall High School in 1979.

Thomas-Colas began her career at The Milwaukee Courier in the 1980s as a sales executive and later served as advertising manager, associate publisher, and editor. In 2004, Thomas-Colas was named publisher of The Milwaukee Courier. She has been a WMCS radio show panelist and has co-hosted What’s Going On? on MATA community television. Thomas-Colas was selected as the new co-host for Milwaukee Public Television’s Black Nouveau. Thomas-Colas became the community affairs director of the Salvation Army, Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Division, in November of 2007.

Thomas-Colas has been the recipient of several community awards including the U.S. Postal Service's Women Putting Their Stamp on Metro Milwaukee 2002. In 2003, she received the Images of Us Sports Award recognizing women in journalism and the Andrew S. Douglas 2003-2004 Community Service Award. Thomas-Colas serves on the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund Corporate Advisory Board, and she is co-chair of the NAACP Environmental Justice Task Force. She is a member of the NAACP Executive Committee, a vice president of the Wisconsin Black Media Association, and active in several other community and professional organizations. Thomas-Colas is the president and a founding member of Dark Pearl Rising, an African American arts alliance comprised of Ko-Thi Dance Company, African American Children's Theatre, Hansberry Sands Theatre Company, City Ballet Theatre, Art In Motion, Milwaukee Dance Connection and My Window Productions. Colas is a member of The Publishers Group, which has created the internet site Bronzeville-Milwaukee.com to promote greater understanding of the history of Milwaukee’s Bronzeville. She is also the co-producer for a documentary on Milwaukee’s black factory workers, Punching In: A Tribute to the African American Factory Worker in Milwaukee.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Faithe A. Thomas-Colas' interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about her mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about her father's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas describes her parents' relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about her parents' marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about her mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about her parents' careers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas describes her relationship with her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas remembers her neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas remembers the riots of 1968 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about her early exposure to the white community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas recalls her misdiagnosis with a learning disability
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas recalls her maternal grandmother's campaign for the mayoralty of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas describes her grandmother's activism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about Vel Phillips
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas remembers joining the Lutheran church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas recalls her senior year at John Marshall High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about her interest in history
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas recalls her maternal grandmother's relationship with Angela Davis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about her early interest in journalism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas remembers the films and television shows of her youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas recalls her senior year at John Marshall High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about the impact of her parents' divorce
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about her experiences at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas recalls her start in the communications industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas describes her work at the Milkwaukee Courier
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about the black press in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about the relationship between the police and the African American community in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about the financing of the African American news media
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Slating of Faithe A. Thomas-Colas' interview, session 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about the history of the Milwaukee Courier
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas recalls her tenure as the publisher of the Milwaukee Courier
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about her television career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas recalls Marvin Pratt's mayoral campaign in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about President Donald Trump
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas describes the diversity in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas describes her responsibilities as the publisher of the Milwaukee Courier
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas remembers her challenges at the Milwaukee Courier
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas remembers the topics of her talk show, 'Black Nouveau'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about her maternal grandmother's involvement with the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas remembers her marriage to Eric Von
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about her husband's radio career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas recalls her start at The Salvation Army of Greater Milwaukee
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about the mission of The Salvation Army
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about The Salvation Army's programs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas describes her challenges at The Salvation Army of Greater Milwaukee
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about her relationship with her grandmothers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas describes her career at The Salvation Army of Greater Milwaukee
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about the lack of African Americans in the media
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas describes her concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas describes her concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Faithe A. Thomas-Colas talks about President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Faithe A. Thomas reflects upon her life and legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Faithe A. Thomas talks about her family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Faithe A. Thomas describes how she would like to be remembered