Black Nouveau | Program | #2201

Black Nouveau | Program | #2201


THE BLACK EXPERIENCE, WERE TOLD THROUGH THE VARIOUS WORKS OF ART, ESPECIALLY THE ISSUE OF RACE. ■ç>>HELLO. WELCOME TO “BLACK NOUVEAU.” THIS IS OUR EDITION FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2013. I’M JOANNE WILLIAMS. AS WE BEGIN OUR NEW SEASON, SUPERINTENDENT GREGORY THORNTON JOINS US TO DISCUSS THE NEW YEAR FOR THE MILWAUKEE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. WE’LL TALK WITH TWO CAST MEMBERS FROM THE AMERICAN MUSE L COOL ” RAGTIME” ON STAGE NOW AT THE MILWAUKEE REP. YOU’LL ALSO HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN TICKETS TO SEE THE SHOW AND WE’LL INTRODUCE YOU TO MARISSA EVANS, THE STUDENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR, SHE’S FROM MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY, BUT WE BEGIN WITH SOME OUTSTANDING ART. LET’S VISIT 30 AMERICANS, THE THOUGHT/p$=Y=-%9 AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTISTS, WHICH RECENTLY ENDED ITS ENGAGEMENT AT THE MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM. LIDDIE COLLINS HAS THAT STORY.>>THE REBEL FAMILY COLLECTION OF ART HAS INCLUDED AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTISTS SINCE THEIR INCEPTION IN 1964. UNDER CLOSE INSPECTION, THEY DISCOVERED THESE WERE EMERGING ARTISTS, THAT WERE INFLUENCING A MOVEMENT, AND SO THE EXHIBIT, 30 AMERICANS, CAME TO BE. ABSTRACT REPRESENTATIONAL ART, MINIMAL CONCEPTUAL ART, NEW MEDIA, PERFORMANCE ART, DEACON STRUCK, AND –■ç DESTRUCTION, TS EXHIBIT MADE A STOP AT THE MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM. IT ENCOMPASSES ART TRENDS OF THE LAST 40 YEARS AND MANY OF THE ARTISTS ARE INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN AND FOREMOST ARE AFRICAN-AMERICANS. THIS IS A STRONG BODY OF WORK, MADE UP OF MANY LAYERS AND COMPONENTS.>>IT HAS TO DO WITH RACE IN THE UNITED STATES. AND THEY DEAL WITH IT TODAY AND THEY DEAL WITH IT IN HISTORY AND WHERE IT CONNECTS TODAY WITH THE PAST. SO THAT’S THE ADDED COMPONENT AND SOME ARTISTS DEAL WITH IT IN VERY SUBTLE WAYS AN OTHERS DEAL WITH IT IN VERY DIRECT AND POWERFUL WAYS. THIS SHOW IS BEAUTIFUL AND POWERFUL AND A LOT OF IMPORTANT ARTISTS AND CUTTI EVERY FLAVOR OF CONTEMPORARY ARTIST IS REPRESENTED HERE, BUT IT IS UNIQUE IN THE SENSE THAT THIS IS NOT A PASSIVE PRESENTATION, NOT A TRADITIONAL PRESENTATION. THE SHOW HAS SOME EARLY ARTISTS, LIKE ROBERT COLE SCOTT, WHO ARE NO LONGER LIVING, WHO SORT OF WERE SOME OF THE EARLY IMPORTANT AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTISTS WHO HAVE INFLUENCED THE YOUNGER GENERATION OF ARTISTS. SO THE EARLIEST WORK HERE IS 1978. MOST OF THE WORK IS FROM THE 1980’S OR 1990’S TO THE PRESENT, WITH THE MAJORITY REALLY BEING 21st CENTURY WORK.■ç>>CONCEPTUAL ARTIST AND 30 AMERICANS MEMBER HANK WILLIS THOMAS SAID WHOEVER HOLDS THE FRAME HAS THE ABILITY TO CONTROL THE STORY.>>HISTORY HAS ALWAYS BEEN OFTEN SEEN AS THIS KIND OF OBJECTIVE STORY, BUT IT’S REALLY ABOUT WHO’S TELLING THIS HISTORY AND THEY SAY HISTORY IS LEFT TO THE VICTORS BUT I THINK WHAT’S REALLY EXCITING NOW IS THAT WE CAN■ ACTUALLY PUT A SPOTLIGHT ON THE FRAME AND RECOGNIZE THAT THERE’S SO MANY OTHER THINGS GOING ON OUTSIDE OF THE FRAME THAT MIGHT AFFECT THE WAY THAT WE READ OR INTERPRET AN ENVIRONMENT OR AN IMAGE.>>IN HIS UNBRANDED AND BRANDED SERIES, THOMAS USES THE LANGUAGE OF ADVERTISING TO■ç TALK ABOUT RACE, CLASS, AND HISTORY, ESPECIALLY WITH THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN MALE BODY.>>I WAS REALLY INTERESTED IN KIND OF HOW KIND OF ADVERTISING HAS REALLY KIND OF LAID THE STORIES AND SOMETIMES WE’RE DISTRACTED BY — FROM WHAT’S REALLY FOR SALE WHEN WE LOOK AT THE LOGO AND THE TEXT, YOU KNOW, WHAT I THOUGHT WOULD BE INTERESTING IS BY REMOVING ALL OF THE TEXT, AND LOOKING AT ADVERTISEMENTS, WHICH ARE CLEARLY MARKETED TO SPECIFIC DEMOGRAPHIC, WE BEGIN TO SEE KIND OF WHAT KIND OF WHAT THINGS SOCIETY IS IMPLYING ARE THE VALUES OR THE INTEREST OF A CERTAIN COMMUNITY AT A SPECIFIC PERIOD OF TIME IN TIME.>>■ç WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO BE A BLACK MALE?>>CAN I STILL BE BLACK?>>DO YOU THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO CONTRIBUTE SOMETHING POSITIVE TO THE COMMUNITY?>>HOW DOES A REPRESENTATION OF –>>HANK WILLIS THOMAS IS INVOLVED IN A VIDEO WEB-BASED PROJECT, ENTITLED, QUESTION BRIDGE, BLACK MALE. IT WAS ALSO INCLUDED IN 30 AMERICANS.>>IT’S ABOUT PEOPLE, AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE ARE PUT IN THE GROUP, HOW THEY RELATE TO THE IDEA OF THE GROUP, THEMSELVES AS PARTS OF A GROUP AND OTHER PEOPLE WITHIN THAT DESIGNATED GROUP, SO I THINK WHAT’S REVEALED THROUGH THIS NARROWING, BLACK MALES, QUOTE UNQUOTE, IS THE GENERAL HUMANITY OF ALL OF US, SO PEOPLE WILL WALK IN AND THINK THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ME ACTUALLY FIND OUT■ç THAT IT HAS EVERYTHIG TO DO WITH THEM.>>STORIES, CULTURE, ETHNICITY, IS CAPTURED IN THIS 30 AMERICANS EXHIBIT. THIS EXHIBIT INTRODUCED ARTISTS TO A NEW AUDIENCE. IT CAUSED PEOPLE TO SEE THAT THERE ARE TALENTED BLACK ARTISTS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND THIS IS JUST A SAMPLING. IT CAUSED PEOPLE TO ASK QUESTIONS, TO DIALOGUE.>>WE ALWAYS HAVE THE JOB OF PRESENTING THE GREATEST ART, WHETHER IT’S HISTORIC OR CONTEMPORARY.>>WHILE DISCOVERING ARTISTS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY, A COMPANION EXHIBIT WAS CREATED WITH THE HELP OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART ALLIANCE.>>WE HAVE SOME GREAT ARTISTS, LIKE I SAID, RIGHT IN OUR OWN BACKYARD. IT’S WONDERFUL. WE HAVE■ç EMERGING ARTISTS, WE HAVE LONGTIME, WELL-ESTABLISHED ARTISTS.>>THE WISCONSIN 30 COMMUNICATED ANOTHER VIEW OF THE BLACK EXPERIENCE, THROUGH A VARIETY OF MEDIUMS. WE WERE DRAWN IN BY THE SILHOUETTES OF REGINALD BAYLOR AND ALONG THE WALL WERE WORKS BY WELL-KNOWN ARTISTS, SUCH AS DELLA WELLS. PATRICIA TERRY. BRAD BERNARD. AND SOME LESS WELL KNOWN ARTISTS, FIDEL HILL, AND KEVIN BOATWRIGHT. FOR SOME, IT WAS A CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE. OTHERS WERE■ç PLEASANTLY SURPRID THAT THERE WERE SO MANY AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTISTS, THEY HAD NEVER HEARD OF. A VARIETY OF STORIES ABOUT THE BLACK EXPERIENCE WERE TOLD THROUGH THE VARIOUS WORKS OF ART, ESPECIALLY THE USUAL YOU OF RACE. — ISSUE OF RACE. TOGETHER, THESE TWO EXHIBITS SHOW THAT THE BLACK AMERICAN EXPERIENCE HAS DEPTH, IS NOT ONE DIMENSIONAL, IS COLORFUL AND COMPLEX. ITS RICH HISTORY IS TOLD THROUGH A VARIETY OF MEDIUMS, TEXTURES, LINES, AND COLORS. IT’S BOLD AND MOVING. “RAGTIME” IS AN EPIC■ç STORY OF THE AMERICA IN THE TURN OF THE CENTURY. THE MOVIE, WHICH FEATURED OSCAR NOMINEE HOWARD ROLLINS, WAS RELEASED IN 1981. AND THE MUSICAL, WHICH IS CURRENTLY AT THE MILWAUKEE REP, FIRST OPENED ON BROADWAY IN 1998. ONE OF THE SHOW STOPPERS IN THE PRODUCTION IS THE SONG “WHEELS OF A DREAM.” ♪♪>>WE’RE JOINED NOW BY GAVIN GREGORY■ç AND JESSE HOOKER. WELCOME TO “BLACK NOUVEAU.” WELCOME TO MILWAUKEE.>>THANK YOU.>>IS THIS YOUR FIRST VISIT TO MILWAUKEE?>>YES, FIRST TIME.>>HAVE YOU SEEN ANYTHING BESIDES THE INSIDE OF THE REP.>>YES. THE THEATER IS SURROUNDED BY THE RIVER WALK, IT’S BEAUTIFUL, SO THERE’S LOTS OF DIFFERENT CAFES AND RESTAURANTS. IT’S NICE. I REALLY LIKE IT HERE A LOT.>>YOU’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE?>>NO, THIS IS MY DAY BOW HERE IN MILWAUKEE — DEBUT HERE IN MILWAUKEE AND I’M LOVING IT.>>I THINK YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE THE AUDIENCES TOO, THEY’RE VERY RESPONSIVE AND THEY LIKE GOOD SHOWS AND THIS IS A REALLY GOOD SHOW. GAVIN, YOU’VE DONE THIS SHOW BEFORE.>>YES, I DID IT AT PORTLAND CENTER STAGE IN 2009,■ç THEIR SEASON OPENER AS WELL.>>SAME ROLE.>>SAME ROLE. AND I AM JUST EXCITED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO IT AGAIN, BECAUSE IT IS — IT’S A DREAM ROLE. IT’S A DREAM ROLE AND ESPECIALLY IT’S ONE OF THOSE QUINTESSENTIAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN ROLES THAT I THINK THAT HAS THE ABILITY TO DO IT WANTS TO DO IT.>>NOW FOR THOSE WHO AREN’T FAMILIAR WITH IT, WHAT IS YOUR CHARACTER’S NAME AND WHAT DOES HE DO IN THE SHOW?>>MY CHARACTER’S NAME IS COLE HOUSE WALKER — COALHOUSE WALKER JR. HE WAS A SELF-EDUCATED, VERY MAN ABOUT TOWN, HE■ç WAS ALMOST REAY LIKE A SUPERSTAR TO THOSE — IN THE EARLY 1900’S. AND JUST IN TERMS OF WHAT HE GOES THROUGH IN TERMS OF BEING A LADY’S MAN, BUT THEN, YOU KNOW, FIND SOMEONE THAT JUST STEALS HIS HEART AWAY, SOME BEAUTIFUL YOUNG THING, AND THEN FROM THEN ON, IT’S ALL ABOUT HER.>>SO I’M THINKING THAT YOU’RE THE BEAUTIFUL YOUNG THING.>>YES.>>WHO IS YOUR CHARACTER? TELL US ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER.>>HER NAME IS SARAH, SHE IS ACTUALLY A WASH WOMAN AND IT’S SET AROUND THE 1900’S, IN NEW ROCHELLE, NEW YORK, SO YEAH, HER STORY, I DON’T WANT TO GIVE TOO MUCH AWAY, WHAT GOES ON, BUT SHç DOES MEET COAL HOUSE AND THEY FALL IN LOVE AND IT’S KIND OF THEIR STORY, TRYING TO LIVE THE AMERICAN DREAM THROUGHOUT THE 1900’S. SO IT’S EXCITE, IT’S BEAUTIFUL.>>LOTS OF SINGING GOING ON IN THIS SHOW TOO, RIGHT?>>YES, BEAUTIFUL MUSIC.>>DO YOU ENJOY PARTS WHERE THERE’S A LOT OF SINGING?>>YES, I OF LOOZE VISITS IT. I GREW UP SINGING FIRST, KIND OF LIKE SITTING IN THE TRUCK WITH MY DAD LISTENING TO MARIAH CARY AND WHITNEY HOUSTON, SO THAT WAS KIND OF MY THING WHEN I WAS YOUNGER.>>NOW YOU’RE DATING YOURSELF. YOU’VE DONE RAGTIME BEFORE.>>WHY YES.>>SAME ROLE?>>YES. I PLAYED SARAH IN 2009 AS WELL AT MY SCHOOL, I GRADUATED FROM SHENANDOAH CONSERVATORY.>>BUT YOU WERE HOW OLD THEN? FOUR YEARS YOUNGER.>>YES.>>AND NOW FOUR■ç YEARS LATER, YOU’VE EXPERIENCED SOME THINGS. HOW DO YOU COME TO THE ROLE DIFFERENTLY THAN YOU DID WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER?>>YOU KNOW, A LOT OF LIFE EXPERIENCES. I’VE EXPERIENCED A LOSS IN MY LIFE, SO GRIEVING AND GOING THROUGH THAT HAS BEEN A HUGE PART OF THIS NEW ADVENTURE TOO. I FEEL LIKE MY SARAH IS A LOT STRONGER THAN I PLAYED HER IN COLLEGE FOUR YEARS AGO. YEAH, IT’S BEEN REALLY COOL EXPLORING THAT NEW AVENUE WITH HER.>>AND GAVIN, YOU SAID SINCE THE LAST TIME YOU PLAYED THIS ROLE, WHICH WAS ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO, YOU FOUND THAT A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE. WHY?>>I THINK THAT IT CHANGED THE TRAJECTORY OF MY CAREER. I THINK BECAUSE I LIVE IN NEW YORK■ç NOW, AND I GOT TO NEW YOK BY DOING A MUSICAL CALLED “THE COLOR PURPLE” AND THERE WAS — YOU KNOW, I GREW UP LISTENING TO — I GREW UP LISTENING TO STEVIE WONDER, YOU KNOW, DONNY HATTAWAY, PRINCE, I’M DATING MYSELF.>>YOU CAN RELATE TO THOSE.>>YES.>>YES.>>AND SO YOU KNOW, THAT’S WHAT INFORMED ME VOCALLY, BUT THEN, YOU KNOW, AS I STARTED TO GET IN TO DOING MUSICALS, I REALIZED THAT THERE WAS A WHOLE OTHER FORM OF — AND WAY OF SINGING A WHOLE OTHER FORM OF ENTERTAINMENT, AND WHEN I DID■ç THE ROLE OF COALHOUSE, THE WAY HE SINGS, I FOUND MY TRUE VOICE, YOU KNOW, I REALLY DID.>>WELL, WE’RE GOING TO HEAR THAT VOICE AN WE’RE GOING TO HEAR JESSE’S VOICE AND THE VOICE OF THE WHOLE CAST OF RAGTIME AT THE MILWAUKEE REP. I HOPE YOU ENJOYING DOING THE SHOW AND I HOPE ALL OF YOU ENJOYING GOING TO SEE IT. THANKS FOR COMING AND VISITING US ON “BLACK NOUVEAU.” RAGTIME RUNS THROUGH OCTOBER 27 AT THE MILWAUKEE REPARATORY THEATER.>>RECENT MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY GRADUATE MARISSA EVANS WON THE STUDENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR AWARD PRESENTED BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALIST. NABJ.>>I■ç AM STILL REALLY STUNNED D I’M STILL REALLY STUNNED. I THINK WHEN YOU GET INTO THESE LEADERSHIP POSITIONS, WHEN YOU START REALLY GETTING SO ENGRAINED WITHIN AN ORGANIZATION OR IN SOMETHING THAT YOU LOVE, YOU DON’T REALLY — YOU’RE NOT DOING IT FOR THE AWARD, AND SO IT’S JUST REALLY WONDERFUL TO SEE THAT PEOPLE SEE WHAT I’M TRYING TO DO AS A BUDDING JOURNALIST.>>GROWING UP MARISSA WAS THE KID WHO FLIPPED BETWEEN THE LOCAL NEWS AND SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS. SHE BECAME INTERESTED IN JOURNALISM BY CHANCE.>>IN HIGH SCHOOL, I NEEDED AN EXTRA CLASS AND I SAUVE — SAW THE JOURNALISM CLASS WAS OPEN SO I THOUGHT WHY NOT, I LOVE READ, WRITING, AND ONCE I GOT MY FIRST STORY FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL CHRONICLE■ç WAS ON GLOBAL WARMI.>>SHE WAS THEN BITTEN BY THE WRITING BUG, WHICH LATER LED LETTER TO THE FOUNDING OF AN NABJ STUDENT CHAPTER AT MARQUETTE.>>I WAS LOOKING AT THE STUDENT ORGANIZATION PAGE, LIKE 200 — AT THE TIME, WITH 250 ORGANIZATIONS HERE AT MARQUETTE AND I REMEMBER THERE WAS THE SOCIETY FOR PROFESSIONAL JOURNALIST, I DIDN’T SEE MUCH IN THE WAY OF A JOURNALISM ORGANIZATION. AND SO I HAD HEARD OF NABJ BEFORE, SO I REALLY STARTED LOOKING AT THE WEB SITE AND LOOKING INTO HOW TO ACTUALLY BRING A CHAPTER HERE AND I SAID WELL, SOMEONE NEEDS TO START THIS, AND YOU KNOW, OF COURSE, MY MOM WAS WAIT, YOU SHOULD ACTUALLY START THIS, SO I CALLED UP JAMES AT THE “JOURNAL SENTINEL,” BECAUSE■ç HE’S THE WA PRESIDENT AND I SAID I WANT TO DO THIS AND HE SAID OF COURSE YOU DO SO I STARTED HOUNDED HIM AND HE SAID OK, YOU REALLY WANT TO DO THIS. LET ME GET THAT LETTER FOR YOU.>>MARISSA FOUND OUT THAT HERBERT LOWE, A MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY GRAD AND ALSO A PAST NABJ PAST PRESIDENT WAS BACK ON CAMPUS TEACHING.>>SO I GOT HIS EMAIL, I EMAILED HIM LIKE THE LONGEST EMAIL SAYING WHY I WANTED THE CHAPTER AND EVERYTHING AND I FEEL LIKE IT WAS LIKE FATE WAS MEANT TO ACTUALLY HAVE A CHAPTER HERE AT MARQUETTE AND WE’RE STILL, THREE YEARS LATER, THE ONLY STUDENT CHAPTER IN WISCONSIN.>>YOU HAVE AN IMPRESSIVE UNDERGRAD RESUME. TELL US ABOUT SOME OF THAT.>>I HAD A FEW IN■ç — INTERNSHS MY FIRST INTERNSHIP WAS IN MINNEAPOLIS, THEN I INTERNED AT THE “THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL” AND THE “WASHINGTON POST.”>>SHE WAS A SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN WITH THE MARKETING AND COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT AT MARQUETTE. AND A SUMMER 2013 INTERN WITH THE SEATTLE TIMES.>>BUT THEN BESIDES INTERNSHIPS, I’VE DONE JOURNALISM PROGRAMS, “NEW YORK TIMES” JOURNALISM INSTITUTE, ON-LINE NEWS ASSOCIATION, STUDENT NEWSROOM, NABJ STUDENT PROJECTS, AND OK, I THINK I’M OK.>>EVAN STARTED AN ON-LINE MAGAZINE ENTITLED “IN HUE,” A MINORITY WOMEN’S HEALTH MAGAZINE.>>I■ç REALIZED THAT THERE WAS T A WHOLE LOT OF CONTENT OUT THERE SPECIFICALLY FOCUSED ON RACIAL HEALTH DISPARITIES OR THINGS RELATED NOT JUST TO BLACK WOMEN BUT ASIAN WOMEN, THINGS LIKE THAT, SO THE MORE I WAS LOOKING AT WOMEN’S HELP AND ALL THOSE THINGS, I WAS LIKE, YOU KNOW, THEY DON’T EVER — I MEAN, THEY SOMETIMES PUT A PERSON’S COLOR ON THE COVER, BUT NOT REALLY AND YOU KNOW, THE ONLY ONES REALLY HAVING A REALLY DEEP CONVERSATION ABOUT RACIAL HEALTH DISPARITY IS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND ALL THESE CANCERS AND HEART DISEASE AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE AND EVERYTHING ELSE AND I WAS HEARING ALL THESE STATISTICS, BUT I WASN’T HEARING SOLUTIONS LIKE FOOD AND EXERCISE, THAT COULD RELATE BACK TO OUR CULTURES AND OUR HERITAGE AND THINGS LIKE THAT, THAT I COULD HELP■ç SOMEBODY, SO WE COD GO BEYOND STATISTICS AND REALLY EMPOWER A WOMAN TO ACTUALLY BE HEALTHY, TO REALIZE THEY CAN LIVE HEALTHIER LIFESTYLES.>>THE MAGAZINE HAS A GEOGRAPHICALLY DIVERSE STAFF, MEANING THEY ARE FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY.>>WE WANT STORIES THAT HAVE A NATIONAL IMPACT, BUT STILL CAN HAVE A LOCAL EFFECT AS WELL.>>WHAT IS — WHAT IS THAT DREAM JOB YOU’RE LOOKING FOR? WHAT’S YOUR DREAM? I MEAN, WHAT’S YOUR DREAM DOWN THE WAY?>>MY DREAM JOB WOULD HAVE TO BE RUNNING “IN HUE” FULL TIME. I WANT TO SPECIALIZE IN HEALTH CARE POLICY REPORTING, BECAUSE I FEEL THAT A LOT OF COMMUNITIES OF COLOR OUT THERE DON’T REALLY UNDERSTAND THE HEALTH CARE LAW AND I FEEL LIKE I HAVE THE NEW DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE LAW GETS PHASED IN, MORE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO NEED JOURNALISTS WHO CAN SPEAK ON IT AND I WANT TO BE ON& OF THEM.>>MARISSA’S WANTING TO COVER HEALTH CARE POLICY IS ON TARGET. SHE HAS STARTED WORKING AS A WEB REPORTER FELLOW WITH THE KAISER HEALTH NEWS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.>>ANOTHER SCHOOL YEAR IS UNDERWAY AND JOINING US IS MILWAUKEE PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT GREGORY THORNTON. WELCOME TO “BLACK NOUVEAU.”>>GOOD AFTERNOON. IT’S GOOD TO BE HERE.>>AND WELCOME TO THE 2013-14 SCHOOL YEAR.>>IT’S VERY EXCITING. THE FIRST YEAR — FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS ALWAYS THE BEST PART OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, SO WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT LIE AHEAD FOR OUR CHILDREN.>>FIRST THING I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT IS STAYING IN MILWAUKEE, SIGNING THE NEW CONTRACT THAT TAKES YOU■ç THROUGH 2016, RIGHT?>>YES.>>WHY DID YOU STAY IN MILWAUKEE?>>I LOVE MILWAUKEE. I’VE BECOME A BREWERS FANS, I’M A BUCKS FAN AND I WILL TELL YOU THE QUALITY OF LIFE HERE IS EXCELLENT. I HAVE A GOOD PLEASURE OF LIVING A — ALONG PROSPECT AVENUE, THE LAKES THERE, IT’S A BEAUTIFUL CITY AND PROUD TO BE PART OF IT.>>AT THE UNITED WAY KICKOFF THE OTHER DAY, THEY CALLED YOU THE ROCK STAR OF MILWAUKEE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF THAT BIG AN IMAGE IN M.P.S.>>NO, AT BEST, I WOULD SAY I’M ONE OF THE CO-PRODUCERS, OUR ROCK STARS ARE OUR CHILDREN AND THEY DO GREAT THINGS ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY. I’M EXCITED THAT MANY ARE ON THE WAY TO COLLEGE RIGHT NOW AND GREAT THINGS ARE GOING ON. I’M VERY SATISFIED BEING A CO-PRODUCER.>>WELL, I HAVE A WHOLE LIST OF THINGS THAT YOU INTEND TO PRODUCE IN THIS UPCOMING■ç SCHOL YEAR, WHICH WILL BE PLANS FOR M.P.S. ONE OF THEM IS DEALING WITH PROJECT “LEAD THE WAY,” EXPANDING THAT TO MANY OTHER SCHOOLS. A LOT OF KIDS HAVE BENEFITED FROM PROJECT LEAD THE WAY AND I REMEMBER THE YEARS IT WASN’T IN M.P.S., BUT NOW IT SEEMS TO HAVE EXPLODED.>>AS WE CONTINUE TO LOOK FORWARD, MANY OF OUR KIDS HAVE A LOT OF TALENT. PROJECT LEAD THE WAY IS ONE WAY OF UTILIZING SOME OF THOSE TALENTS, ACTUALLY CREATING THE ABSTRACT WITH THE CONCRETE AND REALLY DOING GREAT THINGS. PROJECT LEAD THE WAY, PROJECTS THAT WE HAVE IN TOWN, WONDERFUL RESULTS. WE AGGREGATE THE KIDS WHO HAVE GONE THROUGH THE PROJECT VERSUS THE KIDS WHO HAVEN’T. THE KIDS ARE CERTAINLY HE CAN SEEDING EXPECTATIONS — EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS, AND■ç GREAT — GRADE POINT AVERAGE, AND THEY’RE GRADUATING AT HIGHER LEVELS. SO I HAVE TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THAT KIND OF SUPPORT FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, SO OUR HOPE IS THAT WE WILL HAVE ENOUGH BANDWIDTH THAT WE CAN COVER THE ENTIRE SYSTEM.>>IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU ALSO WANT TO EXPAND THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM.>>I.B. IS ONE OF OUR HALLMARKS. ONLY TWO YEARS AGO, NOT TO BE EXACT, U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT IDENTIFIED SOME OF THE TOP SCHOOLS IN THE NATION, AND IT WASN’T A COINCIDENCE THAT TWO OF THE TOP SCHOOLS WERE I.B. SCHOOLS AND RESULT, WHAT WE’VE TRIED TO DO IS NOW BACKWARD MAP INTO THE HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE, I’M PLEASED TO SAY THAT WE HAVE STRONG SUPPORT SYSTEMS IN PLACE, AND NOW WE’RE ACTUALLY LAUNCHING PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAM, SO WE ARE OF THE BELIEF THAT GOOD STRONG CURRICULUM IS GOOD FOR ALL■ç CHILDREN. AND AS A RESULT OF WHAT’S TAKING PLACE AT THE HIGH SCHOOL, I THINK WE’RE OFF TO A TREMENDOUS START, SO WE’RE EXPANDING, AND WE WANT TO CERTAINLY BE DRIVEN AROUND, GREAT PROGRAMS, AND CREATING ACCESS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO HAVE SOME OF THOSE GREAT PROGRAMS. I RUN INTO PARENTS IN THE SUPERMARKET AND THEY SAY HOW DO I GET IN TO THAT I.B. PROGRAM, SOME CALL IT A B.I. PROGRAM OR I.P. PROGRAM AND THAT’S THE PROGRAM. AND WE’LL SAY, YES, WE HAVE ONE TESTIFY SCHOOL NEAR YOU, SO WE’RE LOOKING AT TRYING TO EXPAND A REGIONAL FOOTPRINT SO THERE ARE ACTUALLY I.B. OPPORTUNITIES IN ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES.>>YOU’VE ALSO BROUGHT BACK I THINK IT’S 45 ADDITIONAL ART AND MUSIC AND PHYSICAL ED TEACHERS. THAT MAKES YOU SMILE. ARE YOU HAPPY ABOUT THAT.>>IT DOES MAKE ME SMILE. AS I LOOK AT YOUNG PEOPLE, THEY WANT TO BALANCED DIET IN THEIR SCHOOL. SEVERAL YEARS AGO WHEN WE WERE TRYING TO BALANCE BUDGETS, WE WERE LAYING OFF TEACHERS, 485, RINGS CLEARLY IN MY MIND. THAT IS WHAT WE WALKED INTO IN 2010 AND AS A RESULT, WE ELIMINATED ART, MUSIC, IN SOME PLACES ELIMINATED PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND WHAT I KNOW THERE ARE KIDS THAT WAKE UP IN THE MORNING WANTING TO SING, THERE ARE KIDS WAKING UP IN THE MORNING WANTING TO DRAW AND I BELIEVE IF WE CAN CREATE OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE DAY, WITH STRONG PROFESSIONAL TEACHERS IN THOSE POSITIONS, WE’RE GOING TO CERTAINLY GIVE OUR KIDS SOMETIMES A REASON TO COME TO SCHOOL. SO I’M PLEASED TO SAY THE STANDARD OF CARE, WHICH WE REFERRED TO IN THE SYSTEM IS CERTAINLY INCREASE, PLEASED TO SAY EVERY SCHOOL HAS PHYSICAL EDUCATION, EVERY SCHOOL HAS ART, AND I WOULD HOPEFULLY BE BACK SCHOOL HAS MUSIC AND WE WANT TO CERTAINLY EXPAND THAT. IT’S MY HOPE THAT EVERY YOUNGSTER COMES OUT OF SYSTEM BILINGUAL.>>TO EXPAND ALL THAT IN THE PROGRAMS WE’VE DISCUSSED, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE A GOOD STRONG FACULTY, A BIG FACULTY. DO YOU STILL NEED MORE TEACHERS?>>WE DO. WE’RE SITTING HERE TODAY, WE’RE PROBABLY ABOUT 25 OPENINGS, I’M PLEASED TO SAY EVERY CLASSROOM IS COVERED. HOWEVER, TALENT IS THE BIGGEST FACTOR IN REALLY CREATING SUCCESSFUL OPPORTUNITIES FOR KIDS AND WE’RE SEARCHING WIDE, I MEAN, WE ACTUALLY HAD A TEAM ON THE GROUND IN PUERTO RICO THIS YEAR, WE ACTUALLY HIRED FROM SPAIN, SO OUR FOOT SPRINT HAS BECOME BIGGER, IT’S BECOME A NATIONAL OPPORTUNITY THAT WE ACTUALLY UTILIZED TO B)G TALENT TO THE SYSTEM. I WOULD ALSO GO ON TO SAY TO YOU THE MOST RECENT CHANGE IN LEGISLATURE HAS CREATED AN OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE THE RESIDENCY CHALLENGE IS NOW GONE. WE’RE SEEING MORE AND MORE TEACHERS WHO ARE IN NEARBY COMMUNITIES WANTING TO BE PART OF M.P.S. AND AS A RESULT OF THAT, I THINK WE’LL BE ABLE TO BRING MORE TALENT, BUT I WILL TELL YOU ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES I FACE, MY HUMAN RESOURCE OFFICE FACES IS THE FACT THAT, YOU KNOW, ATTRACTING TALENT AND THEN KEEPING THE TALENT ONCE WE GET THEM HERE. IT’S IMPORTANT THAT THEY JUST NOT COME, BUT THEY’VE GOT TO STAY AND RIGHT NOW, THE TEACHER DROPOUT RATE IS HIGHER THAN THE STUDENT DROPOUT RATE, SO I HAVE TO FIX THAT. THAT’S A FIX THAT HAS TO HAPPEN.>>WELL, SHOULD TEACHERS BE JUDGED BY THE GRADUATION RATES OF THEIR CLASSES, SHOULD THAT■çE THE HALLMARK OF THEIR PERFORMANCE OR SHOULD THERE BE OTHER STANDARDS?>>I THINK THERE MUST BE MULTIPLE MEASURES. THERE IS NOT ONE THING THAT WOULD SUGGEST THE TEACHERS AFFECTED, THE INTERACTION THEY HAVE WITH CHILDREN EVERY DAY IS VERY, VERY SHALL POLY DREW, THE INTERACTION THEY HAVE WITH PARENTS IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT AND I THINK STUDENT RESULTS ARE VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. AT THE END OF THE DAY, I HAVE TO PREPARE YOUNG PEOPLE TO BE COMPETITIVE, NOT ONLY HERE IN MILWAUKEE, BUT AROUND THE COUNTRY. OUR KIDS ARE GOING TO BE EVERYWHERE. AND THEY’RE GOING TO BE SITTING BESIDE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE HIGHLY TRAINED IN SOME OF THE MOST SOPHISTICATED SCHOOLS IN AMERICA. I HAVE TO BE CERTAIN THAT OUR KIDS HAVE THAT TYPE OF SUPPORT SO THEY CAN BE COMPETITIVE, WHETHER THEY GO IN TO THE WORLD OF WORK OR ACTUALLY GOING TO THE ONE LAST SPOT AT STANFORD, TRYING TO GET IN. SO IT’S VERY■ç IMPORTANT. IT’S MULTIPLE MEASURES, NOT ONE THING AND TEACHERS REALIZE THAT. WE HAVE A NEW TEACHER EVALUATION SYSTEM, MADE UP OF MULTIPLE MEASURES. ONE MEASURE IS AROUND STUDENT PERFORMANCE.>>THANK YOU. APPRECIATE YOUR TALKING WITH US.>>GREAT.>>BEFORE WE CLOSE TONIGHT, WE HAVE FOUR PAIRS OF TICKETS TO “RAG TIME” TO GIVE TO VIEWERS WHO CAN ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTION. HOWARD ROLLINS EARNED AN ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATION FOR HIS ROLE IN THE MOVIE. NAME THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN ACTOR IN THIS PICTURE WHO PLAYED ONE OF HIS GANG MEMBERS AND WAS ALSO AN ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE FOR A DIFFERENT MOVIE? NOT FOR “RAGTIME.” WE NEED THE NAME OF THE ACTOR, YOUR NAME, YOUR ADDRESS, AND YOUR PHONE NUMBER IN ORDER TO QUALIFY. ALL FOUR THINGS.■ç CALL US AT 414-297-7556, OR EMAIL US AT TV VIEWER.MATC.EDU. WITHOUT THE CORRECT ANSWER, YOUR NAME, ADDRESS AN PHONE NUMBER, YOU WILL NOT QUALIFY TO WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS. THE DEADLINE TO ENTER IS MIDNIGHT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22. GOOD LUCK. AND THAT’S OUR PROGRAM FOR THIS WEEK. FOR “BLACK NOUVEAU,” I’M JOANNE WILLIAMS. THANKS FOR JOINING US.

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