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Photo Essay: AMKE celebrates all things Japanese

These images are highlights from the 2018 Anime Milwaukee, known by its acronym AMKE, the three-day convention dedicated to the anime and gaming communities. Held from February 16 to 18 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Wisconsin Convention Center in downtown Milwaukee, the 11th annual event was expected to bring $3.8 million to the Downtown economy. With a focus on Japanese culture and art, the festivities featured programs and activities that ran 24 hours a day. Those included costume play – or Cosplay, combat chess, Masquerade Charity Ball, Manga graphic novel library, events for children, Maid Café, the Nocturnal...

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Photo Essay: The eye candy and edible snacks of Anime merchandising

One of the highlights of the Anime Milwaukee convention for 2018 was the shopping experience, as venders sold hard to find items from Japan and unique related products to hobbyists and collectors. In the old days of anime imported to America, circa 1980, fans had to know someone in Japan who could physicall ship over artwork, VHS tapes, video cartridges, or the peculiarly satisfying snacks. With the rise of the internet in the 1990s, online stores popped up and streaming services became popular in the years that followed. But even though so much is now available to be shipped...

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Photo Essay: DJs spin Anime tracks at Nocturnal Underground dance party

In a city where invisible barriers can often keep people isolated by their economic class, race, or gender identification, the Nocturnal Underground was one place where the dance party successfully mixed all kinds of people. Anime Milwaukee’s premier Rave experience lights up the night each year, as DJs from around the country spin the hardest beats to the hottest new jams. For the 2018 convention, TeddyLoid headlined Nocturnal Underground on February 17. The Japanese music producer was the most played artist on Spotify’s “Top 5 Abroad” in 2016. The four hour dance party included a DJ showdown between Liquid86...

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“Love Your Great Lakes” inspires next generation of freshwater stewards

Discovery World, Fund for Lake Michigan, and other community partners hosted Love Your Great Lakes on February 10, attracting hundreds of youngsters who were eager to learn how they could become future innovators of freshwater resources. The event was designed to inspire the next generation of freshwater stewards. It featured interactive educational experiences aimed at introducing the local community’s connection to fresh water, through local organizations that are instrumental in sustaining the Great Lakes. “Love Your Great Lakes” offered maritime experiences for children and adults, including educational workshops, live animals from the Reiman Aquarium, and interactive booths and displays...

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@Promise elevates the lives of low-income residents with job skills program

Lisa Jordan and Patricia Nichols were both graduating classmates from the first @Promise Resident Training Program on January 18, and in the weeks since they already feel the positive impact that the program has had on their lives. An initiative of the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM), @Promise invited its community of residents to participate in a three-week job readiness boot camp that explored the benefits of self-sufficiency, offered career assessments and planning, and prepared them for a successful transition into the workforce. “Many of our young people are perceived as ‘at risk’. I chose to...

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First Muslim news service begins publishing in Wisconsin

Published by the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition (MMWC), the independent news source will be the first media organization dedicated to report news about the Muslim community in the state of Wisconsin. Following other faith-related media organizations like the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s Catholic Herald and the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, the Wisconsin Muslim Journal (WMJ) has been an overdue news platform for the state’s growing Muslim population. “WMJ aims to highlight the American Muslim experience, as well as offer Muslim voices an opportunity to be heard,” said Janan Najeeb, president of MMWC and publisher of WMJ. “The Muslim community in Wisconsin...

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