Milwaukee's Summer 2k19 Kick Off - Summerfest Recap

Oh Summerfest, the time of year that officially kicks off a beautiful Milwaukee Summer...and what a beautiful start it was. The weather was amazing for the first day of the festival. Perfect for all the concerts, food, fun and of course, The Big Bang (my favorite part might I add). I was a little worried at first because the weather said it was going to rain for the entire week of Summerfest, but luckily Mother Nature was in our favor on the first day. 

The main reason everyone is in attendance for Summerfest though, is usually for the music lineup. This year wasn’t too disappointing when it came to representation and diversity with performances from Lizzo, T-Pain, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Jacob Latimore, Vic Mensa, T.I., A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg and Schoolboy Q at the amphitheatre and more! Even when it came to the local talent, Summerfest was on it with Spaidez, Shle Berry, MT Twins, and Nile, just to name a few.

Going back to Mother Nature...she wasn’t playing on the second day of Summerfest (and a few other days as well), which was also the day Lizzo performed. When I say it rained, it POURED. I was completely soaked and so were many others. Summerfest was providing people with rain ponchos while everyone scurried to find cover from the storm. Surprisingly enough though, the thunderstorm didn’t stop Lizzo fans, as they trapped through it all just to get a glimpse of her Black Girl Magic. There were nearly 10,000 people in attendance for her show (says fox 6 News), which means to me that she is ready to fill those amphitheatre seats!

I tried to finesse my way into interviewing Lizzo, but got humbled real quick lol. I don’t know who I thought I was that day with my camera set-up and microphone, only having done one on-camera interview so far in my career, but that didn’t matter to me, I was trying to get it done! Okay! Haha. (But we did get cool pics of T.I. set)

The highlight of Summerfest for me had to be the day A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie was performing on July 2nd at the U.S. Cellular Stage. DJay Mando was opening up for the MT Twins, Jacob Latimore and A Boogie. That show had crazy energy! Everyone was lit and just excited, but it also made me realize if I wasn’t there as a reporter, I probably wouldn’t have gone. Those kids in the crowd made me feel old lol! I remember back when I was their age in high school, getting there super early to get a good view, sweating like crazy from the heat, all the pushing and shoving. Yeah, no thanks. I can’t do that anymore. Big Yikes! However, being there as a reporter was so dope! I would do that any day.

The last day of Summerfest was cool too because whenever someone saw me with the mic and camera, to them, it was showtime! I met a few brave individuals who just wanted to hop on screen with me and that’s always a good time. Those moments always remind me of the great human experiences I get to have during these events that bring people together from all different backgrounds and communities. It’s like one big BBQ or family reunion and I love it!

Overall, Summerfest 2k19 was amazing! I had so much fun for it being my first time doing on-camera interviews and I was geeked to be able to start doing what I want to do for my career. I learned so much through this experience and from everyone I talked to. I had a lot of “firsts” that are finally out of the way, like hearing more No’s than Yes’s, but I wouldn’t change a thing. Don’t forget to check out my brief interviews with Vincent Van Great, DJay Mando, the MT Twins, and Nile. They all did a great job so make sure you follow them and support them on their journey!

/Carrie for CW




The Pop Up Shop Grand Opening (Mayfair Mall)

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Women of color representing and innovating the community thru fashion, art, and sales !!! 

I intentionally parked on the opposite side of Mayfair Mall (Macy’s) to grasp the customer service experience throughout the entire mall, stopping in a few stores I was not greeted and received many scolding looks. (Man talk about uncomfortable!) 

As I approached the Pop Up Shop, directly across from the Barnes and Nobles; I felt a sense of energy bursting from the doorway. Seeing so many familiar faces and the 1st two people I see are Imani Ray and the owner from Classic Jewel, who both immediately embraced me. (Man talk about the love in the building!) At that moment I almost forgot I was in a mall! It was that pure energy customers love.

I received a shopping experience! They feed us, allowed everyone to take photos and purchase some merchandise that you feel good about buying. 

Bronzeville Collective was also present, and members from the community like David Bowen were also there #SupportingTheLocal buying things like the ‘Love Yourself’ T shirt. As a fashion lover and person who truly knows the pressure of hosting a good event, this was an amazing grand opening. 

I even got a chance to talk to 2 of the co owners of the Pop Up Shop and this is what they had to say: 

Imani Ray - Natural E Beautiful: 

After being released from her job the collective reached out to her for an opportunity to add her to the collective. 

CW: What does Love Yourself mean; it’s posted everywhere?

“The brand and clothing is a reminder to love themselves; the location is centered around affirmations.”

CW: What do you want to bring to this community

“I want people to experience the store; even without a purchase.”

Marie Carter the Classic Shoppe:

“Our people need to be represented in an area that necessarily not made for us.” 

CW: What does Love Yourself mean; it’s posted everywhere?

“Support and building up out communities; smiling and loving yourself and others help build that community and even stronger!”

And there you have it! What a success ladies, and be on the lookout for men being apart of this Pop Up Shop in the near future!

/Vato





Saint Parrish- Trust Nobody ft. Troy Tyler

Milwaukee based singer and recent collaborative with Milwaukee music mogul Ishdarr, “Saint Parrish” has recently released his single “Trust Nobody” ft.Troy Tyler (another amazingly talented Milwaukean). “Trust Nobody” is one among many songs that Saint Parish has released on apple music and spotify available now to stream. The song provides a melodic feel, and goes along with Saint Parish’s laid back-chill music style. When hearing the song I was completely amazed by the talent of these individuals. Check out the song here and to listen to more of his music check out his apple music, spotify, and soundcloud.

/CW

Backspin: Milwaukee's First Hip-Hop Song (88Nine Radio Milwaukee)

Podcast Alert!

Our partners & the good folks at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee have a new podcast series “Backspin” and there 1st episode is something we think you will all be excited about… Milwaukee's First Hip-Hop Song !!!

Say word!?! For all of our local Hip-Hop heads, its time to brush up on your “mke-istory” where the record will be set straight “What is Milwaukee’s first hip-hop song?”

Read more details from 88Nine below:

Can’t wait? Get your sneak listen Here! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1471475182

If you love it be listening July 15th and dont forget to let the world know CopyWrite sent you!

/CW



Meet our NEW CopyWrite Connect, Donya Robinson

We are always looking for members of our community to add to the conversation & #SupportTheLocal to become apart of the CopyWrite Family. For this summer we are teaming up with a new writer covering events, fashion and music .

SAY WHAT’S UP TO DONYA!

Donya Robinson is a public relations student at Marquette University minoring in digital media, marketing, and studio art. She loves to read, write, and design...literally anything! Her dream is to one day become a creative director of a luxury fashion brand, and an editor for Vogue. With hard work she will get there! And of course is excited to join the CopyWrite team.

/CW

NUDI FOREVER - ? FREESTYLE [Official Music Video]

Milwaukee native, NUDI also known as NUDIFOREVER is a DJ, Producer, and photographer that has recently decided to join the music scene after years of crafting unreleased music. NUDIFOREVER is a creative music artist with a unique sound that is interesting to hear unfold as you take a journey throughout his music. Recently, he dropped a music video to his song “? FREESTYLE” from his latest EP, Forever Nudi 2. The music video was nothing short of amazing, and really showcases the talent, and versatility of NUDI. NUDIFOREVER also just released his second EP, I’ll live forever on June 18th. NUDI may be an underground artist but with the amount of talent he brings, it will only be so long before NUDI will gain the attention of ears worldwide. 

Make sure to check out all of NUDIFOREVER’s music on apple music, and spotify. Follow NUDI on instagram: @NUDIFOREVER to keep up with his latest work.

/CW


GENESIS RENJI & ISHDARR - "WANNABE" *CopyWrite Partnership Post*

*info provided by House of Renji

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“Of all the rappers in Milwaukee, Genesis Renji may be the hardest to pin down” - Shepherd Express 

“Genesis Renji has really settled into his own lane as an artist.” - Breaking and Entering

Milwaukee based hip-hop artist Genesis Renji makes his 2019 return. After a trailblazing 2018 filled with career milestones. Performances at Summerfest supporting Amine, a sold-out halftime show for the Milwaukee Bucks, and an Emmy Nomination working with TMJ4. These accomplishments have doubled down on Renji’s solid foundation.

In celebration of his 27th birthday Genesis Renji releases his first song of 2019 “Wannabe” featuring IshDARR. The anthemic reflection from two of Milwaukee’s leading artists serves as the lead single from Renji’s upcoming ‘KEEFE’ album; Renji and IshDARR speak on the feelings and memories they’ve culminated while ascending the heights to their dreams, crossing unseen thresholds and achieving feats neither originally planned at younger ages. Produced by frequent collaborator Cade Zube of Oconomowoc and mixed by producer Canis Major.

Gen is gearing up for the release of his next project ‘KEEFE’, scheduled for a September release.



Von Alexander - I CANT DIE (Video Submission)

Today’s submission comes from the one and only Von Alexander. Von is no stranger to the game, and this is not his first project. His single “I Can’t Die” was just released this month along with a new music video titled after the project itself. This summer anthem takes you on a ride through the scenic areas of Milwaukee, while giving you that “living young and wild and free” type of energy. “I can’t die right now, man I’m too high off life” said Von Alexander, as he rode through the streets of the city in his red drop top with his friends.

“The song and music video titled “I Can’t Die” makes a bold claim and is easily anticipating to be the summer anthem for 2019. Following up his 2018 self titled project “Von Alexander”,  Von has developed his skillset as an artist appearing with a more matured flow and confident cadene on “I Can’t Die”.

“The music video “I Can’t Die”, which will be the first single from the project, takes place in Von’s hometown of Milwaukee. It’s significant to highlight where the video takes place because as much negativity that comes with being a black males raised in this region, Von highlights the positivity as he shouts on the record “in the dark trying to find the light..”

Watching Von find his is light through music and creativity is a positive image for anyone who’s searching for themselves. “Work hard, play less” (you know the rest). Keep growing and prospering Von, we’re keeping our eye on you!

/CW



"Songversation: Worthy" - India Arie recap w/ Carrie

India Arie. That’s it. That’s the tweet.

That is literally how I felt leaving her concert because this woman is a pure angel! She gave her audience an experience that I’m sure they’ll never forget, because I jot it down in my own journal to remember forever. But let me break it down for you so y’all have a better understanding of what I’m talking about.

On Thursday, May 23, 2019, India Arie blessed the Northern Lights Theatre at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino for a concert to promote her new album titled, “Worthy.” Throughout the show she had me and the entire audience of black and beautiful shea butter babies captivated by her serene spirit, as we all connected as one for the evening.

We meditated. We laughed. We sang. We even prayed. It was amazing.

When India first came out she told us about the crazy travel she went through in order to get to us that night. She said, “I never wear jeans on stage. But I was like I can’t do it, I can’t pull a dress around, I don’t feel it. So I say all this to say, tonight is about to be unique. I don’t know what’s about to happen, but as long as y’all are here for it, I’m here for it.” Mannnnn she wasn’t lying! We definitely had a unique show, but all the imperfections made it perfect.

India told us that she wanted us to co-create a moment, she called it a “Songversation,” which is the power of words, music, visuals and vibrations to have an experience within ourselves and she came to help us have that experience, she said we’ll feel it. And we felt it. Songversation always begins and ends with a prayer, so to start off we sung together that we are one.

After we did our songversation prayer, she sang one of her favorite songs, “I am light.” Then you know she had to get us all warmed up and feeling special, so she did a few classic throwbacks like “Video” and “I am not my Hair,” which she then introduced her background singers Mayah Dyson and Gene Moore and gave them their time to shine. They were sooo good! When India performed my all time favorite song “Ready for Love,” things got a little emotional. She paid tribute to one of her great friends, Blue Miller, who recently passed away and had a montage of them together in the background as she played the flute and beautifully sang the song.

Two of the most important things to India are prayer and meditation, she gave us both during her show. There’s a song on her album called, “Hour of Love,” that talks about taking the time out of your day to give yourself self-care. Before she sang this song, she had us meditate with her...I have never seen an artist act in this manner lol. It felt great, though. She said, “Prayer is talking to God and meditation is listening.” As one, we all brought our energy and attention to our bodies and relaxed. We took our tongues off the roofs of our mouths, we relaxed our faces, released our shoulders, got into a comfortable position and was just one with ourselves. Beautiful.

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Behind her was a screen that showed powerful and positive quotes that would lead her into the next song she was going to sing. There were a few seats in the theatre that couldn’t see the screen, so she moved the people sitting there so they could get the full experience of her show. A few of the quotes read:

“Feel, Deal, Heal” tomorrow is a new day, we can choose again.”

“If you want to fly, you have to give up the shit that weighs you down.”

“Give up being perfect for being authentic. Be who you are, love who you are. Others will too.”

Sometimes there were technical difficulties with the screen, but it was okay because she was authentic about it. India wanted to premiere her new music video with us, “Steady Love,” and at first it was working. While they figured it out, she filled the time by introducing the rest of her band and sang other songs. I know that sounds like what any artist would do in a moment like that, but it was the way she carried herself during that time--calm, cool and collected. She didn’t stress over it, she just gave it time. When it finally started working again, she sat down right in front of the stage and watched in awe (probably because the co-star of the video was her celebrity crush, David Banner. Man was she in loveeeee lol). The audience went crazy for it! The chemistry they had together in the video was undeniable. We were the only show on the tour that she was going to show the video to. Remember, she told us  earlier that our show was going to be unique!

Overall, India’s performance was magical. I left her concert feeling so much lighter. In the beginning, she told us the show was going to be healing and we were going to feel it. I felt all of it. From her positive words, to her down-to-earth personality and calming spirit. Like she said, lyrics are medicine, and we all were healed by the end lol.

Also, I just want to add that it had been a long time since I’d been around so many black women in one space, it felt good vibing to the same songs we all have different throwback memories with. This concert put it into perspective for me of what India represents for black women and our culture. She’s impactful. Her positive influence and the fact that she will always be unapologetically her is such an inspiration for black women young and old. It’s rare to see nowadays, since we live in a time where our value is determined by what we look like or others opinions. I can appreciate and truly stan a woman like India who drills into us that only we can define who we are and that every one of us is worthy. So shout out to India for the much needed #BlackGirlMagic.

Make sure you get India’s new album, Worthy!

/Carrie for CW