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Author: Lee Matz

Milwaukee’s Black History program celebrates those who fight for justice in an unjust world

“Black History is not just a section in a text book about the Civil Rights movement, it is a tapestry of the countless brave and honorable people that have fought for justice in an unjust world. This month offers us the platform upon which we can proclaim and honor the sacrifices that our ancestors, neighbors and leaders have made and will continue to make to heal the scars of our nation’s collective history.” – Ashanti Hamilton, Common Council President Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton and Alderman Cavalier Johnson hosted the City of Milwaukee’s 3rd Annual Black History program on...

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Japanese glam rock band ACME plays first overseas concert at Anime Milwaukee 2019

The Japanese visual kei band ACME アクメ performed its first overseas concert at Anime Milwaukee 2019 on February 15, marking another first for the convention’s 12th year of celebrating Japanese art, culture, and entertainment. Visual kei, literally “visual style,” among Japanese musicians is characterized by the use of varying levels of make-up, elaborate hair styles and flamboyant costumes, similar to Western glam rock. Internationally know groups include Glay, L’Arc~En~Ciel, Luna Sea, and X Japan, and well known musicians like Gackt and Miyavi. ACME made its American debut at Anime Milwaukee (AMKE) 2019, the largest annual anime convention in Wisconsin....

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Jennifer Vosters: Shakespeare as a guide for a lifelong journey of creative learning

Raised in southeastern Wisconsin and encouraged at a young age to express her creativity in music and theatre, Jennifer Vosters has already earned a respected list of credits for acting, directing, and writing. A fan of Shakespeare and a self-proclaimed sci-fi geek, her hard work and discipline serves as an example for what young empowered women can accomplish when they experience hope and opportunity. She also shines a light on the healing powers and social connections that result from music and community. Vosters is currently touring with the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s production of Macbeth, and the Milwaukee Independent caught...

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City Hall hosts final celebration of holiday season with Parranda performance

Organized again this year by Alderman José G. Pérez, the Parranda was held on January 4 to share Puerto Rican holiday culture and music with the Milwaukee public. Parrandas are musical festivities that traditionally take place during the holiday season. They are celebrated most commonly in Afro-Caribbean and Latin American countries, and parts of South America. One of the most important holiday celebrations for the Puerto Rican community is El Dia de Los Tres Reyes Magos, or Three Kings’ Day on January 6. Contrary to mainland American culture, the “12 days of Christmas” begins on December 25 and runs...

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Inaugural festivities for Governor-elect Evers puts focus on children with Kids’ Gala

Milwaukee families gathered at the Discovery World Science and Technology Museum on January 5 for a special Kids’ Gala, as part of the 2019 Wisconsin Inauguration festivities for Governor-elect Tony Evers and Lt. Governor-elect Mandela Barnes. Held in Appleton, Madison, and concluding in Milwaukee, Evers – a former teacher and Wisconsin superintendent of schools – wanted to share his passion for government with children in communities across the state. The three locations were selected to put the spotlight on children during the events scheduled to celebrate his January 7 inauguration. “We have a moral and legal obligation to make...

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Governor-elect Tony Evers finishes statewide listening tour in Milwaukee

Governor-elect Tony Evers and Lt. Governor-elect Mandela Barnes held their final budget listening session in Milwaukee on December 19, hosted at the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County Volunteer Center. Hundreds of people attended the special event, to share their views about what the new administration should prioritize in the next state budget. Participants were organized into groups by topic, that focused on issues like economic development, education, environmental conservation, transportation, health care, and justice reform. The statewide tour, called “Building the People’s Budget,” started on December 11 in Green Bay. It ended in Milwaukee a week...

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