18 episodes

Join Antoine and Kennita from Imagine MKE for a bi-weekly podcast where they open their Black space to their friends to chat about all things arts and culture. With the vow to “only do dope things," they invite their guests to talk about their experiences in Milwaukee and the region and share their thoughts on how they see the future of their city.

Bring your sage and check out these insightful conversations where code-switching is not allowed, because Antoine and Kennita are bringing their most authentic Black selves.

New episodes of Black Imagination are released every other Wednesday.

Black Imagination Imagine MKE

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Join Antoine and Kennita from Imagine MKE for a bi-weekly podcast where they open their Black space to their friends to chat about all things arts and culture. With the vow to “only do dope things," they invite their guests to talk about their experiences in Milwaukee and the region and share their thoughts on how they see the future of their city.

Bring your sage and check out these insightful conversations where code-switching is not allowed, because Antoine and Kennita are bringing their most authentic Black selves.

New episodes of Black Imagination are released every other Wednesday.

    Sharing with Jade Charon

    Sharing with Jade Charon

    After checking in, Antoine and Kennita chat with director/dancer/choreographer Jade Charon. In this episode, Jade tells us about her background (4:10), her experience working during COVID (7:15), working on the dance film Champion Style with Ray Nitti (13:50), plus her thoughts on what Milwaukee can improve on and favorite MKE-based artists (20:00).

    • 28 min
    Oh dear!!! w/ Matthew Gutierrez

    Oh dear!!! w/ Matthew Gutierrez

    On this episode of Black Imagination, our hosts start off by checking in and Kennita shouting out her latest infatuation (1:00). We then welcome on our guest, writer Matthew Gutierrez. Matt and Antoine go down memory land (4:45), then the conversation goes into talks about talent (9:10), the script he wrote called “tiramisu” (10:50), insights from reading the book “notes along the way” (14:00), why he identifies himself as a creative writer (27:30), and his favorite MKE-based artists (30:40).
    Music: https://soundcloud.com/shonnhinton/song-of-freedom (Song of Freedom by Shonn Hinton)

    • 34 min
    Wait….. What?? Pt. 2: DMX Prison Workouts

    Wait….. What?? Pt. 2: DMX Prison Workouts

    On this episode of Black Imagination, our hosts Antoine and Kennita continue their conversation from the prior episode. They start off by talking about their workout regimens, our old snack drawers and diets (1:50), Photo Shoots (7:10), Support for Artists Workgroups (10:00), Neighborhood Partnerships Workgroup (12:30), the other Imagine MKE workgroups (17:30), the troubles of setting meetings as individuals and as parents (20:00), why Kennita doesn’t want kids (24:20), how the staff handles workgroup issues (26:45).
    Music: Song of Freedom by Shonn Hinton (https://soundcloud.com/shonnhinton/song-of-freedom (https://soundcloud.com/shonnhinton/song-of-freedom))

    • 34 min
    Wait...What??

    Wait...What??

    On this episode of Black Imagination, our hosts catch up after a month-plus hiatus. Antoine shares the symptoms that led up to his leave (2:20); the impact of working from home, sick, and Black (6:00); the dangers of pushing through changes in your body (9:25); discussing the two types of diabetes (14:08); what Antoine had to do to adjust to a new lifestyle (20:40); and hyping up the Imagine MKE team's health goals and Thirst Trap for the Arts (23:40).
    Music: Song of Freedom by Shonn Hinton - https://soundcloud.com/shonnhinton/song-of-freedom (https://soundcloud.com/shonnhinton/song-of-freedom)

    • 27 min
    3XSimpson

    3XSimpson

    This week, Antoine and Kennita welcome rapper 3XSimpson to the show to talk about his music-making beginnings with his twin brother, moving to Atlanta, and the growth he has experienced while navigating the music industry.
    Antoine, Kennita, and 3xSimpson discuss escaping Milwaukee weather (3:50), making music at Marshall High School as the MT Twins and solo projects (5:00), moving to Atlanta for new opportunities (9:15), discussing toxic behaviors with "King Toxic" (10:50), an upcoming album "Pain Lasts Forever" (16:00), what Milwaukee is missing for artists to be successful (17:40), and keeping in touch with Milwaukee rappers while shouting out their favorites (25:20).
    Music: https://soundcloud.com/shonnhinton/song-of-freedom (Song of Freedom by Shonn Hinton)

    • 32 min
    Danell Cross and Melody McCurtis

    Danell Cross and Melody McCurtis

    This week, Kennita and Antoine welcome two good friends and partners of Imagine MKE from Metcalfe Park Community Bridges - Executive Director Danell Cross and Deputy Director Melody McCurtis.
    Talking about how everyone is dealing with the winter weather (1:15), catching up on their week and how extroverts have struggled through the pandemic (5:00), advocating for the Metcalfe Park neighborhood to be at the table (9:00), how the residents of Metcalfe Park show up for each other (14:50), what “the work” and “safety” means and looks like to Melody and Danell (18:30), how programs in Black neighborhoods started by non-residents can be harmful and how Metcalfe Park handled the pandemic (30:00), reflecting on projects executed by Metcalfe Park Community Bridges in the past year (34:40), how Melody feels working with her mother (43:00), the importance of self-care (46:40), and their favorite Milwaukee artists (59:44).
    Music: Song of Freedom by Shonn Hinton (https://soundcloud.com/shonnhinton/song-of-freedom (https://soundcloud.com/shonnhinton/song-of-freedom))

    • 1 hr 3 min

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