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‘I always knew’: NNAMDI on new music, family inspirations and his ‘backup career’ in engineering

Courtesy of the artist The following interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Element Everest-Blanks: You were born in California, moved to Ohio, and then ultimately settled in Lansing, Illinois. NNAMDI: Correct. EEB: Father was, or still is, a minister. NNAMDI: Yes he is. I would go to church, do the services. I started playing some music in church too. I played drums a little bit, but I was […]

todayNovember 28, 2022 2

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Music Legend Kurtis Blow Celebrates the Holidays with Hip Hop Nutcracker in Milwaukee

Courtesy of the Artist To date, "The Hip Hop Nutcracker" has been performed more than 200 times in 70 cities, reaching tens of thousands of audience members across the country. The live show celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season. Who better to lead this cast in delivering that message than hip hop legend himself Kurtis Blow?He is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record/film producer, B-bBy, DJ, […]

todayNovember 22, 2022 4 2

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New tech portal allows people to upload health data for medical research and get paid for its use

Geno.Me Founder/CEO Britt Gottschalk The following interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Until now, your health records mostly benefited you during doctor’s visits. A new Milwaukee-based biotech startup hopes to use that data to transform the world of medical science — and put money in your pocket as well. Geno.Me Founder and CEO Britt Gottschalk said the company will give users a more “360-degree view” of their health. […]

todayNovember 17, 2022

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As MATTHÙ, Kevin Bush shares his voice and state of mind on new EP Montana

Courtesy of the artist The sound of guitarist and producer Kevin Bush’s new project, MATTHÙ, isn’t a far cry from his work with his brother Will as sibling duo Immortal Girlfriend. But for anyone familiar with Kevin’s talents, it’s markedly different in ways that are both eye-opening and absorbing. His debut EP, Montana (available via Bandcamp), finds him using his voice (literally) and building an electronic music world softened by […]

todayNovember 15, 2022

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Zed Kenzo gets personal on ‘Zechariah’ EP, talks inspiration, sobriety and message to fans

"Zechariah" cover; Courtesy: Zed Kenzo On a first listen to Zed Kenzo’s new EP “Zechariah” my first thoughts were, 'this is dope'; 'this is Milwaukee' and 'hold up, why isn’t she on?' The production; the rawness; the playfulness; the experimentation. Wow. It’s been three years since Zed released a full project. Her talent is still there but her growth and clarity are wildly apparent. She’s been through things (heartbreak, substance […]

todayOctober 7, 2022 1

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Creator of Milwaukee run group F.E.A.R. talks community, inspiration in new ASICS campaign

Courtesy: ASICS Having a sound body and a sound mind are central to a person’s overall health and wellness. It’s the concept behind global running brand, ASICS, and the focus of their latest campaign – Live Uplifted. This year, ASICS told the stories of five runners from across the country, who use movement to create healthier lifestyles for themselves and for others. Milwaukee’s own Tenia Fisher is featured in this […]

todaySeptember 28, 2022

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Chingy drops new single, ‘Can’t Blame Me’, returns to music scene with nothing to prove

You don’t even have to say his name and most likely – when you hear his voice – you’ll already know who he is. Yep. Chingy. His song "Right Thurr" inspired dance moves, and other tracks like "Holidae In" and "One Call Away" are happily burned into our memories. Chingy has built a massive fanbase since his 2003 debut, but after attorney mishaps and various disputes, we started hearing less […]

todaySeptember 20, 2022

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Milwaukee business tech hub expands to create more opportunities for communities of color

There’s a continued push to keep talented young professional and creatives from leaving Milwaukee. Many initiatives, organizations and people are devoted to this, especially when it comes to creating safe spaces for Black and Brown people to thrive. The Milky Way Tech Hub is one of these places. Nadiyah Johnson started the Hub in 2017 to address the lack of diversity in technology in Milwaukee. The business accelerator provides resources, […]

todayAugust 31, 2022 2 2

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Bob James: the jazz musician who unknowingly helped create the sound of hip hop

Most artists have a “Mt. Rushmore” of people who have influenced the work they create, or who have changed their style forever. While many artists may never get the chance to meet anyone on their list, I did. Not only was I fortunate enough to interview Bob James, I was serenaded by him. James, 82, is a child prodigy who turned out to be the most sampled jazz musician in […]

todayAugust 23, 2022 7 5

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