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Don't Sleep on Milwaukee's Hip Hop Week

First 100 Days by David Lee on Aug 20, 2019
Don't Sleep on Milwaukee's Hip Hop Week

A few weeks ago, Antoine and I met with Alderman Rainey about injecting his district with rich, vibrant, arts projects. During the meeting the Alderman showed us some of the materials that he had prepared for Hip-Hop Week MKE.  For those of you who have been listening to Radio Milwaukee’s excellent BackSpin podcast, the fact that Milwaukee is the only American city with a week devoted to hip hop culture should be incredibly satisfying. 

That’s right. New York City, birthplace of hip hop, has no equivalent Hip Hop Week NYC. Los Angeles, home to west coast hip hop, has not equivalent Hip Hop Week LAX.

As part of Antoine’s work in the Amani neighborhood celebration of Hip-Hop Week, we are so thrilled to support two community building events this weekend.

On Friday, August 23, Imagine MKE will create a Community Mural in partnership with the Children’s Outing Association (COA) and Shorewood High School at Moody Park. Residents are invited to participate, adding their handprints on the mural as a symbol of togetherness. 

 On Saturday, August 24 from 2:00 to 7:00 pm, we will be supporting the Moody Park Playoff Madness 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament. There will be free food, a dance contest, artist performances, and more as players compete in two age brackets – 13-17 and 18-25. Winners 18 and up will receive Imagine MKE, custom designed Nike Zoom Freak shoes, the Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo’s signature shoe.  

For the last 60-ish days, I’ve had the opportunity to attend, meet, and see so many incredible people and events and this blog has documented some of these connections. 

So, this is interesting that this post ends with my regret that I missed Nile’s performance - the very first live concert - yesterday on The Hop to kick off Hip Hop Week. I know that I can’t get out to everything - and I’ve already missed a ton - yet another example of the abundance in our city - this concert on the Hop looked to be really special as it was an inspired use of space and gave the riders of the Hop a taste of the rich creative talent our city has to offer. Thankfully, the Milwaukee Independent shot and posted a YouTube video of the concert.