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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 never out being debaucherous 'cause I just wasn't into any […]

todayNovember 28, 2022 4

Interviews

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, public speaker and he’s even a minister. He is also […]

todayNovember 22, 2022 4 2

Interviews

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. For many people, that perspective is far more limited, relying […]

todayNovember 17, 2022

Music

There’s still no one like Santigold

Spirituals is Santigold's first album in six years. The artist's career has been defined by an ability to coax apparently disparate influences into cohesion. As frequently as music fans tend to point to the early 2000s as the dawn of our digital enlightenment, consider the ways those first few years online now feel like the dark ages. Bound by terrestrial radio formats, genres still mostly dared not mix on air — and when they did, a song that perfectly blended […]

todayNovember 15, 2022

Interviews

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 the more natural vibe of acoustic instrumentation. Bush felt the […]

todayNovember 15, 2022

Milwaukee

Black authors, history explored through monthly book club at America’s Black Holocaust Museum

Courtesy: ABHM In November 2020, America’s Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee was doing what a lot of us were: trying to stay connected. So it started a monthly book club, leaning into an activity people could do from home at a time when many of them were searching for information. “We [were] all going through this very isolating period and — at the same time with everything with George Floyd — this racial awakening, especially among white people who had […]

todayNovember 7, 2022

Interviews

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 abuse), and she’s ready to talk. She’s ready to inspire, […]

todayOctober 7, 2022 1

Megan Piphus Peace stands on the set of Sesame Street with her character, 6-year-old Gabrielle. Zach Hyman/Sesame Workshop

News

Sesame Street’s first Black female puppeteer wants to keep inspiration flowing

Updated September 30, 2022 at 6:59 AM ET Megan Piphus Peace stands on the set of Sesame Street with her character, 6-year-old Gabrielle. Zach Hyman/Sesame Workshop It wasn't until September 2021 that Sesame Street — which started in November 1969 — got its first full-time Black female puppeteer. That's when Megan Piphus Peace joined the cast full time and landed the role of Gabrielle, a 6-year-old puppet on the classic children's show. This month, as she marks one year working […]

todayOctober 1, 2022


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