(dramatic music) Welcome to Black Nouveau. I’m Joanne Williams. This is our edition for August. This month marks the third year since the Sherman Park unrest. We’ll look at efforts
to revitalize the
area through tennis. Pre-exposure,
prophylaxis or PrEP is one of the latest weapons
in the battle against HIV. We’ll discuss current
efforts to stop the disease. You know, one of
the joys of summer is the abundance of music
festivals in the area. This month, the Harbor Park
Jazz Rhythm and Blues Festival celebrates it’s
15th anniversary. We’ll talk with Tim Mahone
about why the Kenosha festival is about more than
just great music. And speaking of great music, Sista Strings’ new album,
Lift is now available. We thought you might appreciate another look and listen
to the Ross Sisters, who present the soul
of classical music. (soulful music) ♪ Goodbye goodbye goodbye ♪ ♪ Goodbye goodbye goodbye ♪ – [Liddie] A cello and a violin make up this musical group
called Sista Strings, whose sound is what they
call soulful classic. – [Chauntee] Sista Strings
is just two sisters who grew up playing
gospel music. We grew up learning
classical music first because a lot of what we do
is combining different genres and just being creative. – [Liddie] They have played
strings since they were kids. Chauntee, three years of
age and Monique, five. – [Monique] I
played violin until I was about nine and a half, ten then I switched to cello. But when I was about
seven or eight years old, I saw a recital where this
guy was playing cello. Another young student and he, it was a beautiful performance. I was like, “I wanna play that!” And I begged for a
couple years, like, “Please, please get
me a cello, please!” And my dad was like,
“Cello’s for boys!” – [Liddie] After much
begging, they let her switch to play what she felt
she was meant to play. They’ve even been
street musicians, playing with their
other siblings on Chicago’s North
Michigan Avenue, raising money for instruments. – Yeah, I know, mm-hmm. – You just got to post up
on Michigan Avenue and play. And when we were younger,
we did really well. – Mm-hmm. – Because like, who
isn’t gonna stop to look at some small,
little black girls with string instruments. – Four little black girls
who are sisters, right? – That’s not the most
average sight you would see. – Right. – [Chauntee] So, we started
doing that a while ago. We still do it
sometimes, you know? – [Monique] Mm-hmm. – [Chauntee] ‘Cause it’s
wherever as musicians, literally we’re always. – [Monique] Mm-hmm. – On the grind. – It’s actually really
beautiful to do that as artists. – Mm-hmm. – Because you meet a
lot of different people. – [Liddie] Playing
there, they met producers and other musicians. – [Monique] We’ve
met some good friends that we have now through
doing that, which is cool. Sure was cool. – Yeah, Kanye West gave
us 20 dollars once. – He did, he did. (laughs) – Sure did, heaven pushing. I didn’t know who he was then. – [Liddie] They’re passionate
about social justice and this naturally flows
through their music. ♪ We’re a piece of the puzzle ♪ ♪ They try to put us under ♪ ♪ But when that ain’t work ♪ ♪ Better believe
it was the muzzle ♪ ♪ But see I can’t be soft ♪ ♪ I’m just trying to evolve ♪ ♪ They ain’t gonna
stop our flow ♪ ♪ We just gonna let ’em blow ♪ ♪ Goodbye goodbye goodbye ♪ ♪ Goodbye ♪ – [Chauntee] We find it best
to just come from our hearts and just try to go
to the next person. We just pretty much just
are unapologetically black wherever we go. – Mm-hmm, mm-hmm. – And how whatever
situation we’re in. – Mm-hmm.
– We’ve just found that to be a beautiful way to
connect with other people and then allow that connection to maybe cross over to how
you connect with other people. – Absolutely, absolutely.
– Who look like us, you see? But that’s how we do. – Mm-hmm. – [Liddie] Their
musical inspiration comes from a variety of places, but one place in
particular, their mom. – Because she did go through
so much from our childhood and seeing how strong of
a black woman she is now and how she raised us, and how she was so
committed to her family, and to her husband
and to her kids, and making sure we
knew, first of all, what it was to be a
strong, black woman in the United States,
in Milwaukee, all this. And giving us
strength as far as, just like, how you
live your life. (strong string music) – [Liddie] And that
passion continues in their want to
diversify the arts, so the “What are you doing
here?” moments can be avoided. – [Chauntee] Growing up as a
black classical string player, there was probably about two
or three other young students in my entire career of learning. And just in Milwaukee, you know. – [Monique] Absolutely. – So, I really didn’t
get to see or know that I was supposed to be doing this. It seemed odd. – [Monique] Mm-hmm. – You know, I would
come into a competition, and get stares from everybody. – [Monique] Mm-hmm. – Stop playing and, “What
are you doing in here?” – [Monique] Exactly. – Well, I am a violinist
here to compete same as you. – [Monique] Same even
in college though. – Yeah, in college as well. – [Monique] Mm-hmm. – So, really that’s where
my passion and strive is that we can do anything
that we want to as long as you’re doing it
honestly and with hard work, just do it. – Mm-hmm. – [Chauntee] That’s
my main purpose. And especially with young women. – [Monique] Absolutely. – [Chauntee] And young women
of color. (strong string music) ♪ Goodbye ♪ (applause) – The Harbor Park’s Jazz,
Rhythm and Blues Festival will celebrate it’s
15th anniversary this
month in Kenosha. Tim Mahone, board
chairman of the Mary Lou and Arthur F.
Mahone Fund is here to tell us all about it. Welcome. – Thank you very much. So glad to be back here. First of all, thank you for
all the wonderful things you do and the great stories
you tell about the region and what good people are doing
and the impact they make. So happy to be here, 15 years. – [Joanne] 15 years this
festival’s been going on. – 15 years, yeah. – [Joanne] How many
volunteers do you say? – Well, 118 volunteers. – [Joanne] Wow. – Helped perpetuate
the Mahone fund. We’ll have about 80 of
’em at the jazz fest. – [Joanna] That’s wonderful. – Yeah, it started out. – It started out how? Tell us, it started
small though. – It started out as a very
small local jazz and blues fest ’cause that’s what the
music we grew up on and we needed a fundraiser to provide scholarship
funds, right? That’s primarily what we do is provide scholarships
to students. And this event was a way to
bring the community together, bring the region together. And 15 years later,
we have everybody come from all different
parts of the region. And so, 15 years of great
music, great fun, great food, all on a great lake. – [Joanne] Right. – It’s a fun night. – [Joanne] Right next to the
Lake Michigan. It’s beautiful. – Right on the shores
of Lake Michigan. – Now, who’s gonna be playing? Who’s the jazz, rhythm
and blues this year? – Well, you know what? We took a little look
of our, the 15 years and took a little
bit of everything. So our main headliner
is Paul Taylor. Awesome saxophonist
from, he’s from Denver but he lives in Vegas. So he’s gonna headline, but we’re kicking it
off with Natty Nation. You know, one of Wisconsin’s
best reggae groups out of Madison. So, they’ll be down kicking
it off at about 2:30. And everybody knows
Christopher’s Project. Christopher’s Project is
teaming ups with Joe Jordan. And if you remember Joe
Jordan from the bunks days and all the wonderful
things Joe Jordan does, and they’re gonna
kick off about 4:15. And I’ma tell you something. This woman, Nora Jean
Bruso, from Chicago, born in Mississippi,
kicks off the blues act on the snap-on stage. So she has a blend of Etta
James and Coco Taylor. – [Joanne] Oh my. – And real graspy,
gravelly voice and so, if you love blues,
it’s a great place to come down to
Kenosha on August 17th. And then, Paul Taylor at 7:30. – [Joanne] So, it’s
a one day festival? – [Tim] One day festival,
we get in and we get out. – How early do I
have to be there? – [Tim] Well, you should
get a room today, right? (laughs) Gates open at 12:30 and it
kicks off with a cooking studio. The dynamic part about the
cooking studio this year, we typically have chefs come in, celebrity chefs who talk
about a certain menu. This year, it’s a competition, a cook off between
the firefighters. So the local 321 in Racine
versus the local 414 in Kenosha. So, both mayors have
a wager on this, and we’re gonna have
both firefighters do a best chicken cook-off
in Southeast Wisconsin. So, we’ve partnered with them, groups that are very
charitable in nature and that’s what
kicks off the event. Arts and crafts festival that
goes on from 12:30 to 6:00. And then music
kicks off at 2:30. A lot to do on the lake and- – Now, one thing I was concerned
about is where to park, ’cause last time I went
there, I had to park around the corner and up
the street and all that. – [Tim] It’s ’cause there
a lot of people there. – Yes. – [Tim] But it was
free parking, right? – Yes, yes, free parking,
it’s easy to get to. – Right, so there’s free
parking right on the site, easy to get to. 54th and 56th between
Celebration Place, right off of 6th Avenue
downtown Kenosha. Very easy to get to, very free, ample parking, ample parking. And we should’ve took
care of you last time. I don’t know what happened. – [Joanne] I don’t know
what happened either. – Why’d you park so far away? – [Joanne] So, tell me the
purpose of the festival and of the fund. Why did you start it and what
do you want to accomplish? – Why did we start it? My mom died in 98′
of breast cancer and we needed a way to
perpetuate my mom’s legacy. African American
woman in Kenosha who worked really hard
around human dignity and uplifting the
human condition. And she had a way of moving
people off their comfort zone. And we wanted to
perpetuate the legacy. So, we started the
Mahone Fund at that time, Mary Lou Mahone Fund, so
that we could continue to talk about her story, so other kids and families
could tell their stories about their families. So, 20 years later, we’re
still telling this story. We do it through music. And the funds from this
support scholarships. So, we are trying to reduce
the financial burdens that our parents have,
sending their kids off to pursue their college dreams. 238 scholarships later, this
is one of our fundraisers and it’s been able
to help so many kids, who are now coming back
volunteering at the event. – [Joanne] So, will they have
a special badge that said, “I am a Mahone Fund Student”? – They will, they will, but
it’ll be a special shirt. Selling raffle
tickets, of course. – [Joanne] Now, tell us a little
bit more about your mother. There’s also a school named
after your mother in Kenosha. – [Tim] Yeah, so two things. We wanted to do the
Mary Lou Mahone Fund and that was a
fiscal opportunity to
perpetuate her legacy. My mother wanted equal access
to school for all people. Affordable access to education. And so, one thing
we wanted to do was to make sure that legacy
physically would be perpetuated so Mahone School, Mary Lou
Mahone School, Middle School was built in 2001. So very, very proud
of that endeavor because it was a
community movement. The message was put
out by Caselle Lawson at my mom’s funeral. And we put together a
collection of diverse people, the school board, the
mayor, the county executive, and various community members
who worked with my mother. White, black, Mexican, old,
it was a phenomenal process and the vote was seven
to nothing, unanimous and it’s a beautiful school. It’s a new school,
a brand new school named after an
African American woman who moved the entire
community forward. So, what our goal is, when I see students with a
Mahone Middle School shirt, and the Starbucks of Milwaukee, I know that her
legacy continues on in the lives of so many people. – [Joanne] The Starbucks? – And that’s a goal. – Starbucks, she had
a coffee in Starbucks and I saw her with her,
she was UWM student. – [Joanne] Okay. – And she had on the Mahone middle School
volleyball sweatshirt. – [Joanne] So, the festival
is going to be on August 17th. – [Tim] August 17th. – At- – Celebration Place. – Celebration Place
on the lakefront at Kenosha’s Harbor Park. – Yes. – Is there an admission fee? – There is an admission fee. Up until Friday, you can get
general admission tickets five dollars off online
at mahonefund.org, mahonefund.org. Otherwise, they’ll
be 35 at the door. And there’s a VIP, which
includes a complimentary ticket and food and beer and
wine for 85 dollars. – [Joanne] All right. – And up til Friday,
it’s 75 bucks. – [Joanne] Such a deal,
thank you very much. – May not matter so much
when this is aired, but. – Thank you very
much, Tim, Tim Mahone, for coming and talking. – [Tim] Thank you. – To us about this festival
coming up in Kenosha. – Thank you for the opportunity. We’ll see y’all down
in Kenosha August 17th. Great food, great
music, great fun. (casual music) – [Alexandria] It’s a sunny
Saturday in Sherman Park. Perfect weather to
dust off the courts for a tennis match. The park as a lot of history
as a Milwaukee jewel, but Michael Levy wants
to bring back the culture some may have forgotten. – This is where
tennis got it’s start in the black community
as I know it. My daughter played here
and most of the folks here used to play on these courts. The missing piece
in this community is with some of it’s trauma
and difficulties day to day, just knowing how to have
the courage to manage here. Tennis is a game you’ve
gotta manage here first and everything else happens. If you lose your mind,
you lose your strokes. So, what we wanna do is teach
young people how to step off and have the courage
to bring the best at every shot, every point. Back in the day, and I
would say that’s probably maybe 20, 25 years or more ago, we would have, there
was a hierarchy. I mean, but most of the time, you saw some of the best tennis. You could literally come
here and lean on the fence and get a great look at some
of the best tennis around. – [Alexandria] Sherman Park
used to be a central place for community events. At one point, it was home to the neighborhood’s
own festival. But over the years,
it became packed with more nuisance
than entertainment. Tensions reached a
peak three years ago after an officer
involved shooting lead to nights of civil
unrest in the park. – [Michael] I think the
year that we had our unrest, I was just starting
out here at MTEF. And it was a park owned
by the young people. It wasn’t owned
by the community. Once the adults began
leaving, no tennis was here. – [Alexandria] Since
then, Levy says he’s seen changes in
the park’s maintenance. – [Michael] It’s a lot of
different organizations coming into the park and
just enriching the value of what we can get done
in our neighborhood. – [Alexandria] One of
those organizations is Serve & Connect, a nonprofit that aims at bridging the gap between up and
coming tennis players and the people that take an
oath to protect the community. – It was a way to
not only bring tennis with first responders in, but to just bring
first responders in
with a different look. They look like athletes. They’re regular people. – Usually, when people
in the community have contact with
first responders, it’s in a negative light. And I think this was a
positive way to show that we do care about things
that are going on in the neighborhoods
that we serve. – [Alexandria] Lieutenant
Michele Haywood has been playing
tennis at Sherman Park since her teenage days. A possible home court advantage as she goes up against
one of MTEF’s top players. – [Samiyah] Coach Mike
said that he saw like, this gift in me, that
I can play tennis and it’s not something
that was taught. It’s more natural. – [Alexandria] Samiyah has been
playing here for four years. But when she found out
she’d be matched up with a police officer
or firefighter, it was a different feeling. – I’ve played Varsity
since first year. – [Michael] Haywood and Sonya. Is there any way you
guys can reach out (drowned out by crowd) – [Samiyah] It’s a
different kind of feeling. I’ve always wanted to be, like a police
officer or detective, so, I’m pretty
excited to play today. – [Alexandria] Like
Lieutenant Haywood, tennis on these courts has come to be a second
home for Samiyah. – [Samiyah] Most of the time,
there’s like people around. It makes me feel like I’m a
part of this big community. Just knowing that those
people are there for you, knowing those people
are here to help you just one call away, basically. – [Alexandria] As
the two generations of Sherman Park
players face off, it’s a symbol of Levy’s vision. – She picked you. So, what we wanted to do was
make sure that through tennis, we bring in more mature
body of people into the park and through that, they
may begin to feed in to some of the
youth development. Encourage the youth development, mentor some of these young kids, so that then they
take on a valued place of what this park can be. (calm music) – [Alexandria] Later this month, we’ll hear from other
community members on changes in the
Sherman Park neighborhood since the 2016 unrest. That’ll be on our sister
program, 10 thirtysix. – [Ken] For me, getting
on PrEP was easy. All I pretty much had to
do was go to my doctor. He recommended me the drug
worked, did some labs. The lab that I went to
had to take test results and then they had to
get my blood drawn and then, within a
week, I was on PrEP. – One of the things I
do wanna say to Ken, like, and I’m pretty
sure Stacy would agree is that staying
PrEP’d up is worth it. Especially when it
comes to our community. Because it’s one of those things where if we end
up, if we fall off, and we don’t use
everything we can to beat this epidemic, it’ll
eventually take us out. – [James] That’s part of
the Stay PrEP’d Up campaign launched this summer by the AIDS Resource
Center of Wisconsin. It’s purpose is to get more
black, gay men in Milwaukee on the HIV prevention
medication, PrEP. Joining us is one
of the campaign
ambassadors, Stacy Clark and a director of marketing
and public relations for ARCW, Tiffany Wynn. Thanks for joining us. – [Tiffany] Thank
you for having us. – [Stacy] Great to be here. – Stacy, why are the
numbers still high and why is it important
to get men on PrEP? – Well, for the last couple
of years, Milwaukee County has been one of the
leading counties for HIV and STD transmission rates. As far as the group, the
core groups of people that are most affected would
be the black population, black men who have sex with men. And also the Latino population of men who have sex
with men as well. That contributes to a
lot of different things in our community, but it comes
more so, from I think, stigma and I think that we need
to really address that in the healthcare system
and in our communities. That way we can make
a better connection with why public health
and why safe sex, that conversation
needs to happen. – [James] What do
you mean by stigma? Let’s talk a little
bit about that. – [Stacy] Well, what
I mean by stigma, when you talk about PrEP or
you talk about any medication that’s used or any form
or any method that’s used to prevent any sexually
transmitted disease, there’s a lot of
stigma behind that, meaning it’s a
negative connotation. Meaning that, you’re nasty,
meaning that you’re dirty, a lot of different ways. – [James] Okay. Tiff, let’s talk
a little bit about what makes this campaign unique. How is it being marketed? Can you talk about that? – Absolutely, so the
Stay PrEP’d Up campaign, it’s fully integrated marketing
communications campaign and the goals of the campaign
is to raise awareness and the education of this preventative
medication called PrEP, which is one pill once a
day to help prevent HIV. The campaign is targeted
to black, gay men of color as well as trans women between
the ages of 25 through 34, because what research tells
us is that that demographic in that population is the
ones that’s most at risk, at highest risk of getting HIV. Also, what we know in terms
of national statistics from the Centers of Disease
Control and Prevention is that one out of
every two gay, black men between the ages of 25 and 34 will have HIV in their lifetime, compared to one out of
every four Hispanic men and one out of every
nine white men. So, when you think
about those numbers, those are alarming statistics. And so, that’s why we
created this campaign specifically targeted
to this population. What we also know in Milwaukee is that gay, black men
are four times higher to contract HIV compared to
their white counterparts. And so, all those
things are very alarming and so, we started
this campaign to say, okay, let’s raise the
education and awareness about this preventative tool. It’s innovative, it’s out there and we need to get
more people on it so we can start to address
this stigma, this issue that’s within our communities. – Stacy, tell us about
what does it take to be an ambassador? You’re an ambassador and tell us about this campaign pledge
that the ambassadors take. – Well, the pledge
that we take on is a pledge that we would
like for the community to take more so, taking
more accountability and ownership of yourself, knowing that you do have
the power over your life rather, you wanna make whatever sexual
choices you wanna make. And basically, normalizing
the preventative tools that we could use to
prevent the epidemic of HIV in our cities that we have
here in the United States. – [James] How does the
campaign or the pledge go? – [Tiffany] So the pledge
is on the back of his shirt. – [Stacy] Yes. The pledge
is on the back of my shirt. – On the back of our shirts. – [James] All right,
what does it say? – So let me read it. So, it says, “I’m worth
it, my family is worth it, my health is worth it, my
commitment is worth it. My well being is worth it. My body is worth it. My partner is worth it. My community is worth it.” And so, with this campaign, we wanted to emphasize
the word worth, because we want people to
associate health with worth. So, when they think
about their health, they know that it’s
worth taking control of. It’s worth thinking about it. It’s worth the commitment. It’s worth the cost. It’s worth whatever it
is that you need to do to make sure that you’re taking
control of your own health. – [James] Now, it’s
early in the campaign, but do you have any idea
how it’s being received? – [Tiffany] So, so
far, we know that it has been received very well. People have been very receptive
to it within the community. Before we started the campaign, we did do some
qualitative research. So, we did actually
do the research with our target audience. And we asked them what
were their healthcare, their media habits, so we
could better understand how to directly market to them. Because we needed to be armed
with that knowledge first before we put out any
campaign to the community. ‘Cause we want it to
be for the community and by the community. So, we wanted to
make sure of that and I think that’s why
it’s being so well received because we know that
these are exactly what they told us they
needed and everything that they wanted to
see in a PrEP campaign. – [James] Stacy,
what are some of the misinformation out there
that people hear about PrEP or what have you
heard about PrEP that’s just not true? – [Stacy] Based on the
things that I’ve heard, one thing for sure, that
I’ve heard about PrEP is that it’s a pill that
you use for your HIV. When this is really
just, this is a tool that people use that
are HIV negative without living with HIV. That’s one of the things
I’ve heard about PrEP. Another thing that
I’ve heard about PrEP. Understandably so, would
be the side effects that come with PrEP,
you may get with PrEP. Based off the statistics
and everything like that, and based off of research, not many people
have side effects when it comes to the
PrEP medication as well. So, those are the common
things that I hear as a PrEP, PrEP, Stay
PrEP’d Up ambassador. – [James] And Tiffany, ARCW aids in helping people get on PrEP. How does that take place? – Yeah, absolutely. So, it would start with
a PrEP consultation. So, they could just call
our number, 1-800-359-9272, and it’s option seven. So then, they can talk
directly to someone with any questions
that they want. They can actually
remain anonymous if they just wanna get some, you know, basic
information about PrEP, if they just wanna
learn more about it. Someone will pick up
that phone and answer all the questions
that they have. And then from there, they
make the decision and say, “Okay, is this right for me?” And if so, they can come
in for a consultation and then from there,
if they decide that it’s right for them, they
have their first appointment. And within that
first appointment, they have to take,
do some blood work, they talk more with our
clinician about what PrEP is and what they need
to do to stay on it. And then, they usually
walk out of there with a prescription for PrEP. So, they can go ahead
and go to the pharmacy and get that right away. – [James] And the cost
is relatively free. – [Tiffany] Yeah, so
for us, if you are, so, we take all major
insurance, of course. But if you don’t have insurance, we can also help with
the cost of that. And we can also help you
navigate that process. If you, so, don’t let
money be an issue. – [James] Okay, well
thanks a lot for coming on. This is an issue we need
to continue talking about. Thanks. – Yeah, thank you. – Thank you for having us. – Next month, we’ll look
at Jacarrie Carr’s efforts to change the world
two feet at a time. And we’ll talk about the Urban
League’s century of service. That’s Thursday, September
5th at 7:30 on channel 10. As we close tonight, remember
there’s always more to see on our website at
milwaukeepbs.org. You might wanna
check out our newest Black Nouveau web exclusives or get links to more information about some of the topics
we discussed this month. And we wanna hear from you. Give us a call at 414-797-3760. Let us know what you liked and what you might
like to see more of. And that’s our program
for this month. For Black Nouveau,
I’m Joanne Williams. Thanks for watching. (casual music)

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