April 23, 2022
by: Vahid Sadrzadeh (ABC57)
Mike Brown, the first black student to serve as the University of Notre Dame’s leprechaun, is recounting his experience as the famed mascot in his new children’s book, “The Leprechaun’s Game Day at Notre Dame”. (more)
March 17, 2022
by: 16 News Now (WNDU)
This St. Patrick’s Day, we had a special guest in the studio for 16 News Now at Noon.
You may recognize Mike Brown for his role as the Notre Dame Leprechaun from 1999 until 2001. Now, he’s releasing a children’s book about his experience called “The Leprechaun’s Game Day at Notre Dame.” (more)
February 8, 2022
by Education Counts Michiana (PBS Michiana WNIT)
Learning to be kind isn't just good etiquette, it's also an important part of social emotional learning. One of the best ways for kids to learn these lessons is through examples. The story of Little Netta is meant as a way to show just how powerful kindness can be. (more)
December 27, 2021Child's legacy of gifting to others continues nearly 3 decades after death
By Jessica Madhukar from TMJ4 (Milwaukee)
It's been more than three decades since Jeannetta Robinson, also known as Lil Jeannetta, was tragically murdered alongside her mother at just 9-years-old.
Jeannetta would be turning 47-years-old, but her life was cut short at the age of nine when she was tragically murdered with her mother in 1984.
While she is no longer alive, Jeannetta's legacy continues to bless other children each year on her birthday. (more)
December 27, 2021
By Melissa Zygowicz from CBS58 (Milwaukee)
The family of a 9-year old Milwaukee girl murdered almost 40 years ago is using her birthday to give back to the community.
Jeannetta Lacole Robinson (Little Jeannetta) would have been about 50 years old Monday, Dec. 27. She was tragically murdered along with her mother by her mother's ex-boyfriend in April of 1984.
"We're looking to make this a joyful day for all," Jeannetta's uncle, Charles L Walton, said.
The gym inside the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center was packed with gifts Monday. Kids were able to pick out whatever they wanted. (more)
November 19, 2021
By Laura Anne Bird from Readers Lane
What child doesn’t love a picture book?
They’ve got everything: delightful illustrations, catchy rhymes, and imperative messages about what it means to be both a kid and a human being.
Sometimes, picture books go a step further and serve as a tool for social justice—which is why Little Netta’s Gift, written by Mike Brown and illustrated by Selim Nurudeen, caught my eye. (more)
October 10, 2021
By Kasey Chronis from FOX6 News (Milwaukee)
Turning tragedy into a touching tribute, a Milwaukee native has authored a children's book honoring his slain relatives; he hopes it inspires children and adults alike.
It's the story of a little girl who put others before herself. (more)
SOULSTIR LLC (SOULSTIR), a social enterprise founded and led by Mike Brown, the first Black student to portray the iconic Notre Dame Leprechaun mascot, today announced the start of preorders for its debut children’s book, Little Netta’s Gift, and the launch of Lil’ Jeannetta Robinson Gifts of Love, a holiday giving program, in partnership with Elder Charles L. Walton and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. The book and program honor the memory of Brown’s late cousin, Jeannetta Lacole Robinson (Lil’ Jeannetta/Little Netta), who was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, and tragically murdered at age 9, along with her mother, Cheryl Robinson, age 25, on April 4, 1984. (more)