Fashion Friday with a twist...of honesty

Something Different!

Yoooooo! First off, let's give a shout out one time for the fact that its FRIDAY! Two times for the fact that it’s FASHION FRIDAY! 


I missed you guys last week and to be honest, I’ve been in a funk. Nothing too serious but self-doubt has been eating me up. I enjoy being fashionable because its an enhancement of who I am. I express myself through clothing as I am painfully shy. Lately, I have been questioning if I have what it takes to work side by side with some of the designers and stylists of Milwaukee who have inspired me. Do I have the potential to join the ranks of the very best?

Today, I would like to embrace the glow up! What would we say if given the chance to speak to our younger selves? I say to this 19-year-old Jacob to always believe in yourself no matter what. I would tell him that your path is not determined by what others expect from you. Always know that individuality is what sets you apart from the pack. 

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I encourage you all to keep pushing towards what fulfills your spirit. Never let your current situation situate your future destination!

Love MKE,

/Jacob

TrashMan Shunny - CULTURESHOCK (EP)

Seattle’s TrashMan Shunny, the newest member of the Hiii Tribe collective, is stepping in the ring these ways with his new EP ‘CULTURESHOCK’.

His team claims, “Throughout ‘CULTURESHOCK,’ you will find many catchy and charismatic phrases along with TrashMan Shunny's trademark use of Similes”.

 The playful, new era vibes of rap are lingering here. Life is not that serious and neither is this EP. The challenge is the movement of content, can you catch the vibe, do you hear the subtle undertones? Its something there. . . We are not usual ones to compare but we hear some unrefined Mac Miller in this style. Hmmmmm Okay.

Our favorite track: Everyday (Prod. Younng Poet)

 Check out ‘CULTURESHOCK’ and let us know what you think in the comments below.

 /CW

Introducing "Rap, Rhyme, Reason" Vol. 1 on COPYWRITEMAG.COM

Taking a stab at local insight on industry music & all the buzz that comes with it, Jose´ “King Kalumet” Robinson, has asked to take his very popular Facebook banter and bring it into the realm of CW's music blog. So go ahead and comment! Troll him if you must, but lets keep the conversation going and Hip-hop alive. 

What's New Music Heads?

What's new yall? I have a rollercoaster ride for ya! First things first on May 30th TDE’s Trailblazer, SZA, took to twitter shortly after leaving the TDE: Championship Tour stating “My Voice Is Permanently Injured”. Then later returning to say “I’m not sick my voice won't fucking work. This didn't happen overnight”. This undoubtedly lead to TDE’s CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith to pull SZA from the tour indefinitely. This turn of events left SZA’s fans on edge for nearly a month! Concerned about her career and her overall health. On June 17th SZA announced that she has been working with multiple doctors “I’m blessed to say my voice is not permanently damaged and i've been working daily to get back”. After this announcement she had surprisingly performed in a few shows were fans were concerned about how her voice sounded but could tell it was recovering. We at RR&R (for /CW) hope the recovery continues and we wish SZA the best of luck!

         Image by:   @ItsTheRealLogic  (https://twitter.com/sza/status/1008453209889878016)

        Image by: @ItsTheRealLogic (https://twitter.com/sza/status/1008453209889878016)

The Crossroads…

If you haven't heard the news we lost problematic Rapper, Writer, and Songwriter, XXXTentacion (Jahseh Onfory)  on June 18th, 2018 in Boward Co. Florida. The troubled performer was noted to be putting forth effort into changing his ways and attempting to rectify his past before he met his untimely demise. X was awaiting trial for a Domestic Violence case, involving his pregnant girlfriend, witness tampering, and about a dozen other charges. X was recently taken off house arrest, on judges order, so he could tour.

On the day of his death, Tentacion, 20 years old, was visiting a motorcycle dealership, as he was leaving one (or more) gunmen abruptly approached his vehicle, shooting into the Black BMW where he was sitting. Leaving him critically injured, and also snatching his Louis Vuitton bag upon escape. TMZ was the first break the news with videos and audio from witnesses and even dispatch. Here is their timeline of events…   

1:48 PM PT -- According to dispatch audio -- the incident was a possible drive-by -- dispatchers named a black Dodge Journey as the possible getaway.
1:57 PM PT -- Additional dispatch audio has revealed XXX was transported as a "Level 1" trauma patient ... dispatchers described him as comatose.
2:14 PM PT -- Witnesses told cops a Louis Vuitton bag was taken from XXX's vehicle.
2:40 PM PT -- Broward Co. Sheriff's Dept. says XXXTentacion has been pronounced dead.
According to the dispatch call the suspects were described as two black males wearing hoodies, and the shooter was wearing a red mask. The car has been confirmed as a black Dodge Journey, with dark tint and black wheels.
4:07 PM PT -- The Sheriff's Dept. just released a statement saying XXX was approached by two armed suspects as he left the dealership. They say at least one of the suspects fired their gun, striking XXX. Cops say they believe the incident was a possible robbery.
6:00 PM PT -- The Broward Co. Sheriff's Dept. tweeted it's offering a reward up to $3,000 for anyone who might have a tip that leads to an arrest in the XXX shooting.

Since then Boward Co.’s Police department announced that they have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of XXXTentacion. After witnessing suspect "visually observed Defendant Williams unlawfully operate" a 2004 Silver Honda Accord. Dedrick D. Willams, 22 years old, has been charged with first-degree murder, probation violation, and one count of operating a motor vehicle without a license.

J. Cole, Diplo, La La, and Kanye West were among the many celebrities to send their condolences on Twitter and Instagram.

J. Cole

"This got me f***** up. RIP X. Enormous talent and limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person. God bless his family, friends and fans." (Twitter)

Kanye West

“Rest in peace. I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing.” (Twitter)

Diplo

"This kid was a genius. true artist. He made his own rules. He has his faults and we was willing to pay for his sins.. but he was young and he worked so hard on his own self. He wanted to be better. He loves everyone so much. He lived for every kid out here. He had the biggest imagination. He texted me this weekend it was one of his goals to get me & Skrillex to finish his next album. I Invited him to L.A. this week. I was wondering if he was gonna come. He used every second of his life to create. He repped Florida to his core... I love this kid. He was gonna do so much more he promised me."  (IG)

La La

"Kiyan asked me to delete my Instagram post bcuz of all the negative comments people were saying about a kids death! He was 20 yrs old! This world is a sad place. Social media is a sad place. So much hate. It’s sad. Praying for his family, friends, & fans. RIP XXXTENTACION." (Twitter) x (IG)
Travis Barker
"I’m at a loss for words... speechless #RIPXXXTentacion. Loved collaborating with you. You were a true artist, one of the most f***** talented of our time."  (Twitter)

Skai Jackson

"I can’t believe this.. My heart hurts. You were one of the most humble, and genuine people I have ever met. You were becoming a positive person and trying to better yourself as a person. Thank you for encouraging words. You will truly be missed Jahseh."(IG)

DJ Pauly D

"Damn. Too Young #RIPXXXTENTACION #XXXTENTACION."  (Twitter)

Tyga

"My prayers go out to XXXTentacion and his family." (Twitter)

Logan Paul

"XXX... heartbreaking. The world has been stripped of a true great. So young and so much potential. Rest easy brother." (Twitter)

Source: https://twitter.com/browardsheriff?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goodmorningamerica.com%2Fculture%2Fstory%2Fsuspect-arrested-killing-rapper-xxxtentacion-56056900*

  Investigators collecting evidence on the scene where rapper XXXTentacion was shot, June 18, 2018, in Deerfield Beach, FL.  (https://goodmorningamerica.com/culture/story/suspect-arrested-killing-rapper-xxxtentacion-56056900)

Investigators collecting evidence on the scene where rapper XXXTentacion was shot, June 18, 2018, in Deerfield Beach, FL. (https://goodmorningamerica.com/culture/story/suspect-arrested-killing-rapper-xxxtentacion-56056900)

  XXXTentacion on his first and last press run for his album “?”, live on 103.5 The Beat.  ( https://goodmorningamerica.com/culture/story/suspect-arrested-killing-rapper-xxxtentacion-56056900 )

XXXTentacion on his first and last press run for his album “?”, live on 103.5 The Beat. (https://goodmorningamerica.com/culture/story/suspect-arrested-killing-rapper-xxxtentacion-56056900)

Kalumets Artists Of The Week!

L U D A C R I S    X  K I D C U D I

This week I asked fans what was their Favorite songs from Ludacris and Kid Cudi! The most mentioned from Luda was “Blueberry YumYum” from the 2004 studio album The Red Light District. Released though Disturbing tha Peace and Def Jam Recordings. The album charted number 1 on both the US Billboard 200, US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and the US Billboard Top Rap Albums. Alongside Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Usher’s Confessions, and Jay-Z / Linkin Park Collision Course.

Check it out!

Fans Fav Lines:

“grab a lighter, roll a sticky lets get higher” #mood4lifeDa
”Thank God for the man who put it in my hooooooood, It's got me singin’ melodies I never thought I woooooould”

The most mentioned from Cudi was actually a three-way tie between Mr. Rodger, King Wizard, & Rose Golden, but because people felt so generally connected to the studio album The Man on The Moon set!. We are going to highlight Mr. Rodger, From the studio album Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rage. Released in 2010 though GOOD Music and Universal Motown Records. The album charted number 3 on the US Billboard 200, number 1 on US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and number 18 US Billboard Top Rap Albums. Alongside Eminem’s Recovery, The Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D, Drake's Thank Me Later, Sade Soldier of Love, Lil Wayne’s Rebirth, & Rihanna’s Rated R.

Check it out!

“Mr. Ranger Tell me where you're going, tell us where you're headed. I'm off on the adventure, Mr. Ranger. Tell me some of your stories, tell us of your travels”
Knocked down, round for round
You're feeling like you're shot down on the ground
When will the fantasy end? When will the heaven begin?

“I'm on my way to heaven, Mr. Rager
Can we tag along? Can we take the journey?”

 

Jewels & Gems

When is the last time you listened to….

Avia Chaos - Sunshine Ft Tru West (Video Submission)

Avia Chaos would like to share a reflection of understanding that is so deeply embedded into cultivating our future, that we just had to let you guys here it for your self.

His concepting for 'Sunshine' featuring Tru West, on the burdens of a child through neglect from parents and their responsibilities, has lead him to understand the importance of being a father. As this Milwaukee native tries to make his name buzz in the 414 he is not forgetting the things that affected him and many of us growing up.

Though the video is "raw" footage, and a little less structured then we like to see, its storyline is a win.

We hope this brings you clarity. As we like to say here at CopyWrite: Do Better!

/CW

A.C. the Ruler - Cirrocumulus [Project] * COPYWRITE OFFICIAL DROP*

New project from A.C. the Ruler premiering here on Copywritemag.com

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cir·ro·cu·mu·lus (noun)

  1. cloud forming a broken layer of small fleecy clouds at high altitude, usually 16,500–45,000 feet

A.C. the Ruler is bringing forward smooth production balanced by calculated bars. His new project ‘Cirrocumulus’ is breathing ground for zoned out vibes, playful banter, and subtle tones of social woes. As A.C. the Ruler reminds us of Wiz Khalifa’s fugazi in his interlude scene, he gives 13 tracks of foggy head space that is very revealing of young chill life positioning. But the use of horns, slow pace tempos and layered vocals build the interest, to where the project needs no pause, so just let it play. This project was executive produced by Since’93  & backed by the label ChuVision Entertainment.

Our favorite tracks:

  • Lay Up (feat. FreeThe3rd) - For its soft bounce.
  • Save The World (feat. Sudo Black) - For its wordplay, message, and ripple layering.

So spark up (if you’re into that), lay up (if you have that luxury), and look up because this is that cloud music. A.C. the Ruler is pulling this one out has us thinking, how hazy was the booth. . . and what’s next? The more we listen the more we consider, that it has been a while since the last time we got something this chill, airy, made in such a “thematic” way?

Let us know what you think and if you are connecting with ‘Cirrocumulus’ in the comments below.

/CW

* To purchase the album Click Here*

#WeSeeYou (Still) Recap on Studio 440's 'LIVE'

Studio 440's launch event was one that had plenty of supporters in the building to hear some great music and learn about a new recording studio in the Milwaukee Area. This event underwent tons of AV tech issues but through it all the performances kept coming and even with the static and lost words the vibe was still strong. With performances from Camb, A Will Tha Great (who has great stage presence by the way), one of my personal favorites Tru West and others, the lineup was a good one. I'm sure the next one will be even bigger and better, that's usually how it goes.
 

But they do have a special going on so get on it & tell them /CW sent you!

/Garahbrie - CW Connect

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Be sure to check out studio 440 in Milwaukee!
(https://www.instagram.com/studio.440/)

#WeeSeeYou: El Color De La Libertad (The Color of Freedom) - Ft. Latino Youth, MC(mikal), Klassik & SistaStrings

“We call America the land of the free for a reason and we are still waiting for freedom”, the voice of the youth is shaking the narrative.

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“Amidst divisive national debate over immigration and policies that separate families, the new student lead music video El Color De La Libertad gives voice to Latino youth, providing a powerful perspective on freedom in the United States”, says project representatives in their submission. We have all seen it. The images, the news reports, and even the heartbreaking personal testimonies from those affected but still have the platform to speak. But what about our youth?

Through collaboration between Jazale’s Art Studio and Alexander Mitchell Integrated Arts School, El Color De La Libertad (The Color of Freedom) uses the words of Latino 7th grade students with the talents of Milwaukee-based musicians MC(Mikal), Klassik, SistaStrings, and filmmaker Wes Tank to produce a video that depicts the youth narrative and positive creative process to shed light on the subject.

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Spearheaded by Lead Teacher, Nora Justin, and Lead Artist, Mikal Floyd-Pruitt known on stage as, MC(Mikal) the project that started in 2017 now has something to show, that disseminates more impact and reality then most national broadcast may ever display.  Its bright colors, unifying aura and relatable production inspired by Letter to the Free, by Common, is an empowering and might we say emotional watch. (A few tears of community joy may have been dropped in the first viewing. Don’t judge! lol)

More of this is needed in the world, in our country, in our state, in our city, and in our community. Any disenfranchisement of a people is an issue that we all have to creatively address.

¿Qué son Los Colores de Libertad? All of them!

#WeSeeYou Kids!

Please spread the good vibes, the bright spirits, and the youth voice. They will be our difference.

Press the heart bellow & leave a comment to let us know you stand with the freedom wave for all!

/CW

Snapshot Press Bite: @Jillisblack "Are You An Ally Or Is It a Lie?"

“We can’t start a revolution off a thesis.”

What would you do if you woke up one morning and had twenty thousand new followers on Instagram after posting a very uncensored video you made about your crappy day at work? What would you do if that post was heavy in your truths about racial inequalities, social hierarchy, and identifying the blatant disregard that others have for you & your culture? Correction: How White people treat your culture?* Would you pipe up or back down when the world puts the spotlight on you? @Jillisblack is here for it. With no eagerness to become a social icon, she has found that her words may still help stimulate a few very overdue conversations in the realm of real change, confronting the Black & White issue that is at the core of our communal positioning. CopyWrite sat down with Jill for a quick chat before her lecture, “Are You An Ally Or Is It a Lie?” at Company Brewing in Milwaukee, last Saturday, to see why her methods may be the controversial but needed stepping stone for ALL of our social liberations.

*Warning Jill’s delivery is not for the faint of heart. If you are uncomfortable with any commentary in this article, do understand, that is the point.

Jill: “I was really just posting like comedic, shady a** critics of inter-community hierarchy. I had a bad day at my job, at a major nonprofit that will go on named...[it was] lots of like White women passive aggressive sh*t... I was pretty angry in it and pretty upset... I woke up the next morning and had twenty thousand more followers. That’s how it really got started. It happened on a Friday so I took the weekend and I thought about what my responsibility was being in the public sphere, if even for a second, and thought about how I wanted to do this. I’m a writer and I have a performance background so I knew I could create something that worked. Now we are here two years later.” 

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Jill has been popping up in different cities challenging not only people of color but white counterparts to move the narrative past the tiptoeing nature of social critic and confronting things for exactly what’s they are: Bullsh*t. Jill calls it, Revolutionary Honesty.

CW: “Can you describe Revolutionary Honesty?”

Jill: “Yea. Black people aren’t being honest. White people don’t know how to be. There is a way we talk about White people in our intimate spaces. When we are at home when we are with other Black people, when we are with our families... Then we do this performative version for Black spaces. Rather that be a training for White people, a space like this tonight, or some article, now you are performing how you are explaining racism to White people. That’s not doing any good. I want to go out and have the freedom to say to White people exactly what I would say to a Black person about them. And if I can’t do that then what I’m getting off on is my ability to explain something that is my reality, not my ability to change something that is my reality.”

As a member of the Black community, Jill has also ventured into many White spaces. She clearly admits and accepts her past, that included what is defined as self-hate, straying away from her Black culture and submerging herself in “White culture”. (Please note the word culture is being used loosely. There is no true definition of “White culture.” Its connotative use can be interchanged with “American Culture” and suggest that it is a sample of POP extremity and other learned/absorbed practices.) *Shrugs*

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CW: “Can you explain what a White space is for someone who is a novice?”

Jill: With a chuckle, she replied, “I’m a good old fashion Oreo.* There is no mystery to it at all. I have been what people would say is a White lovin’ person. I think if you have been a person who has embraced White space enthusiastically, then it is your responsibility to talk about what you learned in that space. I think the mistake we are making is saying that you can never come back from that and rectify that sort of betrayal. And let me be clear it is a betrayal. So I consider myself to be like a spy. Like White people, I f*ckin know you. You can’t run game on me because I had to learn you in ways that other Black people did not.”

*OREO: Not the cookie. Defined by Urban Dictionary, Oreo is “a stereotype created by Blacks to be used against other Blacks, who are ‘Black on the outside, White on the inside’ so though a person may have Black features they display characteristics of a White person, therefore betraying their Black roots.”

She notes that if more Black people who have been obsessed with White space took what information they knew and used it in the right way, the community would have so much more than is what currently being offered. But the clincher is that it only works if people are willing, to be honest.

But let’s face it, how most people of color are living, 

there are several shapes of honesty. Especially the shape that comes in the form of navigating a White dominated society for survival. We call it, Code Switching.

CW: “With that being said, how do you feel about code-switching?”

Jill: “Code Switching? Hahahaah! What does that even mean these days ya’ know. I do it. I’m sure I do it. I think what was important to me is to present a pro-Black message without feeling like I had to put on anything. So a lot of the times people would be confused by hearing the message from someone who sounds like me. We don’t get that a lot so it is important [for people to know] this is my authentic self, whether it was going to be like that or not, it’s here now. So I’m not going to code switch into my Blackness. You are either going to trust me based on what I am saying or not. But we are too far into the bullsh*t of society to think Black people are not walking around able to do a little bit of both.”

Identifying Jill as a social media face for Black thought (rather she likes it or not) is way easier for a White person to accept, than a Black person if you check the obvious. Jill is of a very fair complexion (she’s “Light skinned”), her voice inflection is very sharp and matter of fact (that could mean several things but she “sounds like a White person”), and her garb is very reminiscent of young hipsters via their preppy stage (she self-proclaimed to dress like a White man). Lol, the irony right? But either way regardless of the perception, her knowledge, and courage to be vocal about it could be risky. But isn’t every day a risk being Black?

Jill: “I haven’t been trolled in such a long time... The last white person who trolled me was a couple months ago and it was a White power person. We had a two-hour conversation. I had some questions I wanted answered from him and he had some questions he wanted answered from me. So that was the last time. In the first few months I definitely did, but these days I get more White liberals with the ‘Yea, we get it’. I don’t quite know what that means because I’m a very easy Black person for a White person to get into.”

Simply put Jill doesn’t look like a threat to White privilege.

Jill: “There is a little bit of fear realistically when I go into a space like this that are open because White people do the most. But what are we doing if not this work? So I get over it and I get up there.”

Any fear can be subdued by knowing the impact of your actions. Where Jill may be speaking on some hard-hitting topics there are comedic undertones that make her delivery of truth just way easier to grasp, even if you are the persons of critic.

CW: “We have noticed you use a lot of sarcasm, is it comedic relief for you?”

Jill: “Anything that I was going to do was going to have some humor to it because creatively I’m a comedic writer. Does it make it different from what other people do? Yes, I think it makes it more appealing and I think it makes it easier. But that’s not the purpose of it.”

Jill has also been referred to as the Black woke Daria... Ehhh, it will work.

Her lecture, “Are You An Ally Or Is It a Lie?”, revealed many enlightening points. Many of which she polled the White audience members for a show of hands on their contribution to perpetuating the issues of Black & White relations, and general social polarization. Here she spoke words that validated her outlook on sustaining and elevating the Black community considering the current standing of its plight: “Black people don’t believe in progress the way you do!”

Are we really just saving face?

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CW: “How do we sustain this cross over into society where Black people are doing better and move away from a racially unequal way of life, when our society is built off of racism, thus everything we are apart of is racist?”

Jill: “We can’t. It’s not going to happen. What Black people would have to admit is that we are scared. We have come up with a group of safe ‘Black sh*t’ and then the thing we are scared of. Which the consequence [if not followed accordingly] we feel like could be death. So when we go to college, and we get on at the company, and we do things like brunch with the girls, we are living in the illusion like we aren’t at risk at every second. Let’s be honest and say it’s for safety. Do we really feel that we are progressing or do we feel like we are f*ckin’ scared and if I sound like this and look like this and I go in and work at your job I feel safer? That’s what I want Black people to be honest about. We are just ‘safe-ER’, we think.”

At this point, the only option is to be the “Other” and those extremities on either end are scrutinized for their stereotypical linkage to what being Black is. And nobody wants to be that low on the totem pole. How we say it over at /CW, “issa rough.”

CW: “If Black people were always there authentic selves what do you think that would look like?”

Jill chuckled at that question as if she didn’t even want to fathom the thought.

Jill: “I can’t even imagine that. We would also have to believe that White people would be being their authentic selves too.” 

Now we had to test the waters. For Jill to be so disturbed by White people, their privilege, and destruction to the existence of all other peoples, some might think that it’s a hate for all White individuals. So all we wanted to know is...

CW: “Jill do you have White friends?” *insert the eyeball emoji here lol*

The laugh that followed this question was so heartfelt. Really it is quite hilarious if you think about it. 

Jill: “You know what, I took on my first White friendship in years, this year. It’s been challenging in moments... I think, that I say that I took that on without thinking that there is a lack of racism there. You know, so I am expecting this person to be racist. I think it’s when we lie in those relationships and say, ‘No I have found one who is not’. Of course, you did! No, your White person is racist! It’s what you’re willing to spend time on and what you have the energy for, to try and find something beneficial there. But no, there is not a White person in this world who is not racist... We will see where it goes. There have been some blow-ups.”

Combating what for decades has been looked at as simply just the way things are, Jill takes her unexpected popularity seriously. With her social platform in the mix of things, her choices must be strategic. Where she stands but more importantly, how she stands, can change everything:

“No, I don’t want to sell racism for my whole life.”

CW: “You have said you don’t want to be famous, but you are very popular. Do you feel like that takes away from your responsibility to deliver this type of content?”

Jill: “I think I am at a point where I realize that I’m going to have to make some sort of compromise. That was a youthful, naive Jill. What happens is, I’m upset with what I’m seeing, and yet, I won’t enter the world to do anything about it. That’s not going to work long term. What will happen is that there will be people who take [this] content and not mean it or be performative about it. We don’t have room or time for performative authenticity. So If I believe myself, then I need to make sure the message is spread... I think I’m at the point [now] where I’m asking the question, is there an ethical way to be seen in our current society?... and I don’t have an answer for that yet.”

Thorns of truth may pierce but there are some pains that have to be endured for the greater good of all human beings. Though Jill is very vocal in her Black stance, it is not to be misconstrued, the disenfranchisement of any people by the dominating society that has been streamlined by the caucasian persuasion (Bloop!) is in fact included in this need for Revolutionary Honesty. Asking yourself “Are You An Ally Or Is It a Lie?”, is only the first step.

Jill: “Sometimes growth will look like betrayal... and I want people to trust me.”

CW: “THAT’S HARD JILL!”

Jill: “You’re right that’s hard because we are so used to people disappointing us. So I want to say somewhere on the record that I tried a thing, it didn’t work the way I wanted it to. I’m going to try something else and if that doesn’t work and it’s not ethical, I won’t do that thing either. But I want people to know that everything that you are paranoid about in society is real. So some of these doors are just closed to us. We have to find the ones that are open.”

Now, what is your next move?

Lexi for /CW

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Check out the digital version of this article here.

Fashion Friday - Classic Man with @theclassicshoppe

Back at it again! I hope you all enjoyed your 4th of July festivities but I got some more heat for you! 
This week I want to show some love to a local brand, The Classic Shoppe! This week, I was feeling myself in this dope t-shirt from @theclassicshoppe. Usually I have a tough time with getting the right fit with tees but they definitely got me together. Sporting their unisex “Notorious” shirt, I felt the 90s blood running through my body and as a 90s baby, that’s right up my alley!  

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I reached out to The Classic Shoppe to get the scoop on what they’re about and who their audience is and they provided me this statement from their website, “So it all started when our founder was shopping in a popular contemporary store one day and an overwhelming sense of frustration set in. As she flipped through rack after rack, she became more and more fed up with not being able to find what she was looking for; not one thing represented her. She did not want to wear something with a band she never listened to or a face of someone that she really did not have that much in common with, just because the colors matched what was needed to complete an outfit. And when she did find a rare gem with a person or a quote with whom she could identify, it seemed like it was the same person or quote, just served up different ways. She began to wonder if the culture she loved and respected was truly appreciated or just being picked and pruned to fit into some trend. So she made her own trend, but in reality it was nothing she made and it is far from a trend. It all boils down to this: if we don't honor and preserve our culture, who will? Keep it classic. xoxo”

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Its for the culture and I’m here for it! To join the movement and get your hands on some of their merch, you can visit www.theclassicshoppe.com to view all of their products ranging from fanny packs to hoodies! Also, be sure to follow them on Instagram @theclassicshoppe and use the hashtag #JoinTheMovement to show them how you rock the brand! Milwaukee, until next time!
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InstaMeet MKE (Recap) by BrenEnd Films

You should have been there!

InstaMeet MKE sponsored by CopyWrite Magazine was lit! The energy, creativity, and of course style was in full effect. Even though the photographs, social post and personal anecdotes spreading around the city are enough to make any fashion head or photographer jelly, BrenEnd Films has put together a recap video to show everyone what you really missed.

(& he indeed killed it!)

If you like what you see, you definitely wont want to mix the next one. Check it out and let us know what you think.

/CW