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




"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






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

Meet the NEW Intern, Carrie Mahone

We have reached out to the community to find an intern to become apart of the CopyWrite Family. For fall 2018 we will be adding a vibrant new “Journalism” focused intern to our #SQUAD, who stood out with her creative video application, impressive resume, and pop of personality.

Say what’s up to Carrie!

Carrie

Carrie Mahone, 22 – born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. She attends UW-Milwaukee and will be graduating this upcoming December with her B.S. in Journalism and Communication. However, she’s not your regular journalist. Carrie’s vivacious personality, and inquisitive mind aligns with her passions of natural hair, urban culture, positivity and creativity. Right now, she is looking to build her resume within the Milwaukee community to lead her experience into bigger markets like Los Angeles, New York City, or Chicago. Furthermore, Mahone, is setting her sights to carve out her own lane into the entertainment industry and make her mark. 

Be looking out for her as she explores the local & all things Urban MKE!

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