Fashion Friday - "One Time for Sagittarius Season"

“One Time for Sagittarius Season “

Happy Friday Milwaukee! With 2018 coming to a close, that also means its time for my BIRTHDAY! The year has been so good to me with joining CopyWrite, having the opportunity to style some of Milwaukee’s finest, and collaborating with creative giants. It has been a great ride! 
This weekend I am celebrating my 26th and as your fashion ambassador, its only right that I step out in style! The vibe was black and gold to represent the royalty we are. This shirt has been laying in wait in my closet for such an occasion and you can’t go wrong pairing your statement pieces with all black! Hear me and hear me good! Your look can say a lot when you bring simplicity.

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Follow me on Instagram @2dressd2bstressd to see what other tricks I pull out of my hat this weekend!

Keep it fly Milwaukee!

/Jacob

Nile_ (Deonte Neely) - Post-Modern Abyss ep & [Adult Swim] (video submission)

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Today’s music submission comes from Nile with one of his latest ep’s “Post-Modern Abyss.” We think the entire ep is great to listen to, but our personal favorite is the second track, “Kismet.” The chords in the song are beautiful. Also, the production is smooth and soft, a little slower than the rest of them, but it works for what he’s talking about in the song.

“Post-Modern Abyss” is available on all streaming platforms. We suggest you listen to it and let us know what y’all think!

& shoutout to the #NorthSide #ganggang

/CW





Carrie's Thoughts


*This month we thought we give our Editor-in-Chief a break and let our /CW intern Carrie have a turn at sharing some personal thoughts. Check it out...

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Every year, I always think about what each year will bring. For 2018, I knew it was going to be a roller coaster ride of emotions and valuable life lessons. Mainly because I was graduating at the end of the year, but also because I was watching myself evolve into an adult and I started to notice issues that arise when you’re growing up. Graduation was my biggest worry, though. I’ve had an extremely long undergraduate journey, but I still didn’t feel prepared enough to go out in the real world and get—a job. The fear started when one of my best friends told me, “I don’t know why you’re rushing graduation. Because after that, everything you do in life is on you. Nobody is going to hold your hand and guide you to make sure you’re doing what you’re supposed to.” She was right. Ever since I was little, I always knew what was coming next. From one grade to the next, my path was already paved for me. Then after high school, I knew I was going to college. That was my next step. But now, I feel lost because I don’t know what that next step is. The idea of me being in complete control of my life—every decision I make from here on out, bad or good, being left in my hands—was terrifying. What if I don’t get a job in my field? What if I don’t get a shot at my dream career? What if I’m not successful? What if I can’t pay my loans back and end up in debt? Every pessimistic idea possible was running through my head…nothing positive. Then a little later in the year, my best friend group was having growing pains. We were all starting to do our own thing, figuring ourselves out and what we want to be in life. With that, we didn’t get to see each other as much during that time. Then one of my best friends was taking a major step in her adult life and was about to travel across the country for 7 months with her boyfriend, move to Minnesota and start a family…like girl waaaattttt?! DIS TEW MUCH! Life was hitting me so fast and I had no choice but to keep up or else I would fall behind.

Adulting and change are two things that don’t sit well with me. I’m an only child with my Mom, so you should already know what that means… YA GIRL IS SPOILED, OKAY?! I’ve gotten things handed to me a lot in life and my parents have been amazing providers. I haven’t really learned how to be independent which is why I think this “adulting” thing has been such a hard transition. Going your whole life just cooling and then finding out that feeling doesn’t last forever, 2018 hit me with a big “Nah shorty.” As far as change, it’s not easy for me to accept. I’m extremely nostalgic, but someone told me I’m nostalgic to a fault. Memories mean a lot to me to a point where I reminisce all the time about how things used to be. I mean, why can’t I just go back to a much simpler time in the dorms with my friends, straight kicking it? lol. But I let my memories hinder me from moving forward in life. I’ve realized, yes, I can have those memories and hold them close to me, but I have many more memories to make if I don’t hold MYSELF back from making them. I also know that adulting and change is inevitable. The sooner I start embracing it, the better off I’ll be.

I had to cut ties with a few close friends in 2018, but I was grateful to have met some new great people along the way. One friend taught me to stop thinking so much about the future because it takes away from me living in the present. I can’t focus on things that haven’t happened yet. I can only control what is going on right now, and everything else will fall into place. They also put me on game about me being a little naïve. I have a big heart and people take advantage of that sometimes. I can’t allow people to take more from me than they deserve, and I also need to not give so much without giving to myself first. A different friend taught me to believe in myself in everything I do, no matter what. PERIOD. They have been there with me every step of the way through this adulting journey so far and I’m forever thankful for them. And an honorable mention to my wonderful editor-in-chief, Lexi, who taught me to stop being so damn hard on myself! I doubt myself on a lot of things and that self-doubt doesn’t allow me to be as confident or go outside my comfort zone as much as I should. Ya girl just gotta relaxxxxx!

With all the change going on around me, not once did I realize how far I’ve come in 2018. I took a few trips, got chosen to be a reporter in D.C. for March For Our Lives, had one of my news packages aired on TMJ4, started my first internship at 103.7 Kiss FM, got a great magazine internship, and I’m 2 weeks away from graduating! Not once did I stop to smell the roses and give praise to MYSELF for showing out! I was so caught up worrying about the future, I didn’t think about how blessed I’ve been this year. There are people who see my accomplishments and wish they could be where I’m at, yet I’ve been too busy stressing about other things I THINK I need to be doing. I will be fine.

Everything will work out.

I’m not sure where life is going to take me after graduation, but that’s okay. That’s the joy of life. In the beginning, the thought of my life being solely my responsibility was intimidating. Who knew at some point I would have to do everything on my own? *shrugs* Go figure! However, when I think about it now, the journey I’m about to embark on is exciting! The world is filled with endless opportunities. I can put my heart into whatever I choose. After graduation, I get to focus on the things that make my heart smile. Those things are including, but aren’t exclusive to, my YouTube channel Natural Noni (if you’re not subscribed, you’re doing yourself a disservice ma’am), following my passion for natural hair and healthy hair practices and entertainment journalism/broadcast.

I say all this to say, I am blessed to have had a triumphant 2018. I learned so much about myself. The major things I would want whoever is reading to take away from this is one, appreciate the space you’re in right now, you’ll only get to live it once. Two, be stingy with your heart, not everyone deserves a piece of you. Three, relationships will come and go. It’s okay for people to grow apart, there’s no love lost. Four, challenge yourself, being uncomfortable is a good thing. Also with that, don’t be afraid to fail because if you never fail, you’ll never learn. Five, if you’re a giver like me, don’t forget to pour into your own cup before trying to help others. A good heart will get you killed. (Not to sound dramatic, but yeah haha). Six, reflect, reflect, reflect! Lastly, know you’re the shit and don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. PERIOD.

I’m a strong believer in everything happens for a reason. I look back at every experience I’ve encountered this year and now I understand it was all necessary for me to grow.…& the year ain’t even ova! We still got a graduation to get to! How ‘bout them apples?

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Here’s to peace, love, abundance and more life in 2019!

/Carrie xoxo

Satori IV - Took A Risk (Video Submission)

Have you ever watched a music video and immediately knew it was a hit, like a legit bop? That’s exactly how we felt after watching Satori IV’s video “Took A Risk.” The production of the video itself gets a round of applause and not one, but two hand claps, OK! The black and white visuals really gives it a vintage feel, making the few scenes of color really pop and stand out. And we can all relate to it because c’mon, everybody gotta take a risk sometime!

“Satori IV returns with his second single for his Underdog Season project, Took A Risk. With visuals to assist, Satori brings the essence of what it means to be an underdog and how to use it to your advantage. As the Milwaukee native traverses through L.A., he reminisces on the sacrifices and risks made to get thus far. Produced by frequent collaborator 4Keys, the 808s carry the crooners melodies into the leap of faith that some are afraid to take.”

You can find “Took A Risk” on all platforms. And make sure you support Satori IV’s upcoming project, Underdog Season, dropping this month.

Now add this song to your playlist, get in ya car and ride out!

#DoIt #ItsAHit #ISaidWhatISaid

/CW


#CWMerchMonday - @miltownvicious

Today’s #CWMerchMonday is from @miltownvicious

"No one has more heart than the people who live in the city of Milwaukee. This t-shirt line bears our heart and shows off our city pride. Pride for the people raised here, for the people who attended MPS, for the people who left and serve as our city ambassadors- this is for the people who stayed and make this city a better place. 

Miltown Vicious is for us. Vicious because we have nerve. Vicious because we stop at nothing to attain achievement. Vicious, because we are ferocious in our pursuit of a better life.

Milwaukee is our heart. The good, the bad, and the cultured. And if anyone tries to challenge you in that, just point to your heart and humbly remind them that you're Miltown Vicious."

Check out their Instigram and https://www.miltownv.com/shop/ to get the Merch!

/CW



Tae Spears - Night Cap (Video Submission)

Today’s submission is from the talented Tae Spears and when y’all hear this...whew chile...can we say relatable?!

Tae Spears has created a beautiful introspective story in his latest video titled "Night Cap." This is a great display of romance and lust with clear vivid imagery, soft sensual lighting and a close visual of Tae and his main character played to be his wife. Coupled with lyrics that flow through a male's internal rationale of losing the one he loved through his own bad decision making. How many fellas can relate?

All in all, this video is definitely one with amazing replay value, thanks to the combo of Tae Spears and Damien Blue.

The production of this video is top notch and really proves how hard Milwaukee goes in the music scene. Keep up the great work because you got us all watching.  *prayer hands emoji*

#SupportYourOwn

#NoCap lol

/CW

Snapshot Press Release: "Power to the People" Interview w/ Emory Douglas

“A picture is worth a thousand words but action is supreme.” - Emory Douglas

Emory Douglas, visual Revolutionary Artist and Black Panther Party icon, made his way to Milwaukee’s UWM campus Peck School of the Arts, on October 24th, to give a presentation on his extensive collection of socially critical imagery. His work within the Black Panther Party and his contribution to history have made his presence an exciting catalyst to the social narrative in which we have been discussing. CopyWrite magazine was asked by AIGA-Wisconsin and UWM to sit down with Emory, to get his take on his #SociallyResponsible artistic quest and all the other things that spread between the lines of his symbolism.

CW: “For all intents and purposes, you were the artist that drew all the images in The Black Panther newspaper?”

ED: “Ninety-nine percent. There were others who contributed but it was my responsibility to show them how to put social justice content into the artwork.”

Though we know Emory as the man behind the art, his contribution to history had to start off understanding not only the image but the purpose behind it.

ED: “Well that became my role when I . . . I would have to initially start when I was in the Black Arts Movement, transitioning into the Black Panther Party. I was attending City College of San Francisco and I was beginning to take up Commercial Art. That showed you production skills as opposed to Fine Art . . . You learn figure drawing, the printing process, design elements, all those things. While there, I was a part of the Black Arts Movement. I was also there as the Black Conscious Movement was coming about, where we began to define ourselves as Afro-American and Black opposed to being defined as Negro.”

Trying to figure out what he could do at the time to help the movement, he had been told that there was a meeting taking place where they were planning the visit of Malcolm X widow, Betty Shabazz, to the Bay Area. Emory was also asked to do a poster of Shabazz. When he went to the meeting they would also discuss security for that event. The men who would agree to be that security would soon after, change his life.

ED: “When they came, it was Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. It was after that meeting I asked them how I could join and they gave me a card . . . I eventually started calling Huey and I would catch the bus and go by his house. He would show me around the neighborhood and introduce me to folks. Then we would go by Bobby Seale’s house.”

He noted that this was all happening around early January into late February 1967. Only a few months after the initial start of the Black Panther Party in October of 1966.

Fast forwarding, Emory recalled the first issue of The Black Panther News Paper being on legal size paper, done with a typewriter, and markers. It was the editorial project of Bobby and another member known as, Elbert “Big Man” Howard. Emory noticed them working on the leaflet while convening at the Black House, where cultural events took place, and creatives like Sonia Sanchez and Ed Bullins would hang. Interesting enough, Eldridge Cleaver, who became the party’s Minister of Information, lived upstairs from the Black House and would be drafted over to help with its planning with his comprehensive writing skills.

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ED: “One evening I went over there, nothing really was happening but Bobby, Huey, and Eldridge were downstairs. I saw them working on that first leaflet and I told them that maybe I could help them improve it. So I went and got my materials. I walked home and walked back, so it took me about an hour. When I got back they said, ‘Well we are finished with that. But you have been hanging around and you seem committed. We are going to start this paper and we want you to be the Revolutionary Artist.’ So that became my initial title. My job would be to tell our story from our perspective.”

And so it began. Emory would create the first tabloid paper for the Party from the content pressed at the Sacramento legislative meeting to change the de facto gun laws, that would affect The Panthers legal use. Setting the standard for The Black Panther Newspaper that would carry on until Fall of 1980, Emory’s art would become the visual rhetoric for a cultural movement we still dote on till this day. He would even be responsible for the visual interpretation of the Police as the “Pig”.

CW: “The first time you drew the pig was that the first time that it was projected in that way towards the police?”

ED: “It had been defined like that by Huey and Bobby. But when they asked me to do the pig drawing that was the first time [it appeared in that way] . . . there was a book from maybe 100 years or so ago that somebody had that defined the pig like that . . .”

CW: “As some type of authoritative figure?”

ED: “Yes.”

Huey had original requested Emory use a clipping of a pig on all four hooves, with a police badge number of those cops who were behaving as bad actors in the community every week.

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ED: “Then it just came to me one day, ‘Why don't I just stand it up on two hooves?’ ”

CW: “Oh yeah? Like how it really looks?”

Emory lit up in laughter.

ED: “Haaaaaaaaaaaa, Yea. With the flies and everything. Then it really took on a life of its own. It became an iconic symbol that transcended the African American community. It became a universal symbol.”

CW: “Now everyone is calling them the pigs!”

He chuckled softly with a glimmer in his eye. As comical as the image was, and still is, it holds a weight that is the stringent representation of the unhuman like disposition the legal forces of our country has displayed against the disenfranchised. Though creativity comes in many forms, Emory had no clue his social expression would become such a major part of revolutionary rhetoric.

Now let's be clear, the times in which Emory made his mark were times of civil unrest, political and social scrutiny, and homefront combat. It was risky. There was bloodshed and unfortunately, there were lives lost. Enduring these times takes strength, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally.

ED: “People had all kind of issues that came together, to deal with the social injustices that existed. So whatever it was that you had when you came into the party, you brought that baggage with you. We had to respond to those problems the best we could.”

But it was his next comment that dropped down on the room. Just as deep as his art could display, so would his words cut:

“You could say people were psychologically already messed up from colonization.”

Well, then . . . no argument here.

Discussing today's realities versus the past, Emory believes that today’s issues are even more trying. He marks the dynamics that generations face now are layered with environmental plight (global warming or not, polar caps are melting), corporate exploitation/investment in culture (representation is being marketed as gatekeepers to our communities authenticity), political friction (we are closer to nuclear war than ever before), and social dysfunction (police brutality is still alive and well).

ED: “As much as things change. Somethings stay the same.”

As an artist his opinions on purpose and meaning are strong. The messages that his art and many others’ creativity display are not isolated depictions, but should and have transcended cultures, classes, and even the disciplines in which they are created.

ED: “The message comes from listening to the people . . . Hearing what they are saying and their concerns, as well as your own concerns integrating, comes out in the artwork. I mean you had older Black middle-class brothers and sisters identifying with the Pig drawing just as much as you did with the people out in the streets.”

He argues that his aesthetic as an artist grew out of the awareness that needed to be displayed during that time. When questioned about the importance of visual art as a form of protest, from the time of his very controversial symbolism with the Black Panther’s till now, he reminded us that the context of his art came out of an organization backing a movement. It was not his voice alone. It was not the Black Panther Party versus the world. It was the system against the people.

images provided by: AIGA, www. journalstar.com, www.openculture.com , www.chicagoreader.com, and www.artnau.com

“We were like the nucleus or a spec of dust with a great impact. We inspired.”

CW: “Do you think without the Black Panther Party you would be the artist you are today?”

ED: “In some ways maybe, but not completely as I have developed. Because it's not only just the artwork itself but it's the collective environments. It's the criticizing and evaluation of the work and how you’ve done it. Sometimes it's in a casual way and other times it's in a real critical way.”

After the dis-assemblement of the Black Panther Party, Emory started working for the Black Press, creating imagery for their publication. Today he travels, collaborating with artist around the world to promote and produce socially conscious art that speaks on real-world issues. His mediums have even advanced beyond the production processes he learned in college so long ago, including the use of photoshop which he finds quite useful in the remixing his old compositions and his new wave artistic critic of the free world.

Throughout his lecture Emory commented on his art, its meaning, and his legacy, inspiring the room with his unyielding views. Regardless of if you agree with Emory’s position or not, his story is a reminder of the power of creativity, the communal service that can be a calling for an artist, and the impact a unified voice can make.

As we step forward in our purpose we must not forget that the revolution we call on is not a new one but the rebirth of its kind.

POWER TO THE PEOPLE.

Lexi for /CW

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Clear Pioneer - What I Already Am

The new era of Indie Pop is here with the Milwaukee music group Clear Pioneer! The members, Grant Clementi, Jesse Carl, and Kyler Schmor, have made their way on our radars since winning multiple talent showcases in 2018.

“Mastered by Timothy Wolf of Four Giants Studio (N43 records), their new single “What I Already Am” plays on the theme of 1980’s synthwave with a modern pop twist. The driving rhythm section, paired with haunting synths, paint a soothing backdrop for a familiar and tumultuous narrative.”

The video for “What I Already Am,” filmed and directed by Julian Valentine, welcomes fans to the band's refreshingly dark alternative universe; hypnotic lighting and colors draw the viewer in to this new, mysterious world.

If you don’t know them yet, you’re going to want to because they are on the rise. You feel me? #youfeelme.

Check out their website here for more information: http://www.clearpioneer.com/

And follow them on their social media! Instagram and Twitter: @clearpioneer

/CW



Dirty Thoughts - Check!

Do it with passion or not at all!

October has been crazy in all the right ways. . . remember how I said last months word was balance? Well this months word was clarity.

Things have really been starting clear themselves up and that “good stress” has been leaving me with opportunities that only action make possible.

So to where this month is too hectic to give a in-depth Dirty Thoughts, I’ll just do some soft stunting over here in my bubble.

Check this:

  • Interviewed a famous Artist and member of the Black Panther Party (Check! My father would be so proud.)

  • Sponsored and moderated a live interview with a Grammy award winner & label exec (Check! This is the moment I realized that I really have a cool job.)

  • Went back blonde (Check! Ya girl is back.)

  • Made ya look! (Check!!!!!!!!! Nope I haven’t fallen off yet! Thanks for asking lol)

So the reminder here is to do cool things because they make you feel alive, all the other things will fall into place. I have a contract to write up, a new hire to train…so ummmm gota go!

But How Chance would say it: “I’m Livin’ my best Life. Its my birthday...or least that's what I’m dressed like”. Or at least trying too!

/Dirty