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Home of the Brave Live Show

I have been able to catch a lot of live Hip Hop shows in Milwaukee lately. Last Wednesday I had the chance to catch “Home of the Brave” at YNOT II on the artsy east side of town. The establishment is cozy and good for an up close and personal experience. There was an interesting mixture of people in the room, old, young, white, black, latino, asian, gay, straight…but that’s what Hip Hop culture is doing nowadays, building bridges and closing gaps!

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On King Drive

Milwaukee’s young Hip Hop community, which has a strong base in the Harambee neighborhood, flexed strong campaign support of McGee and celebrated his victory on April 15 at an Open Mic Showcase at Onopa. McGee earned the community’s support based on his history of good relationship building and empowerment of many of the city’s artists, from the Taste Emcees to Baby Drew. “I have been deemed the Mayor of the Hip Hop Community for years! I have literally raised many a Hip Hop Artist/Soldier,” he says.

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Racial Change at St. Elizabeth’s

by Tom TolanPart 3 of 6 in a series

In the early 1960s, St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church — now St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, at 128 W. Burleigh — was a relatively thriving parish, with a school attended by more than 1,000 children. Most parishioners were of German ancestry — many descended from “St. E’s” founders — or Polish families who had migrated from the east side of Holton. African-Americans were a definite presence, but they were less numerous in the parish than in the neighborhood. Fewer than 10 percent of the 1,056 pupils at St. Elizabeth’s in 1963 were black, and most of their families could be classified as middle-class.