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Milwaukee Independent recognized for excellence in visual journalism as finalist for 10 Press Club awards

The Milwaukee Press Club announced the winners of its 91st Annual Gridiron Awards for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism, covering an unusual news year of the pandemic, social unrest, and political turmoil. Milwaukee Independent was selected as a finalist for 10 features. The journalism honors follow the third year in a row of double digit recognition for the daily news magazine, in competition against all major media outlets in Milwaukee and across Wisconsin. Competition was more notable this year as traditional broadcast media organizations partnered to combine resources, and used online platforms to offset the pandemic’s impact. Founded in 1885,...

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Musician Sam Belton opens his highly anticipated Sam’s Place Jazz Cafe at historic Harambee location

Officially opening to the public on February 22, with a Grand Opening Celebration on March 6, the ideas for Sam’s Place came directly from Harambee residents, through a series of “Chat with Bader” events organized by the foundation as a way to get to know neighbors and hear ideas on what would enhance the quality of life for local residents.

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Julia Papillon: On following an immigrant bloodline of role models in the pursuit of happiness

As a recent University graduate, Julia Papillon draws from her family’s history of sacrifice and hard work as an inspiration to find her purpose in the world and help empower other Milwaukee women of color. Once an individual reaches a level of success or recognition in their life, they have the perspective to reflect on their path as a roadmap for others to follow. But at times, someone at the start of their career journey already has an amazing story and insight. These rare individuals are worth following, to watch in realtime as they grow exponentially. Julia Papillon is...

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