Last year, Milwaukee and Wisconsin Poet Laureate Dasha Kelly Hamilton boosted the 414 Day video from Imagine MKE with her words and why mess with success?
This year's new video – which features newly elected Mayor Cavalier Johnson, County Executive David Crowley and other Milwaukee artists and entrepreneurs – again features the words and voice of the inimitable poet, reading her poem, "Fire Light."
Other familiar faces in the video include Pete Cooney of Pete’s Pops, Daniela Varela of Ruby’s Bagels, Tenia Fisher of Social X MKE, Danell Cross and Brittney Taylor of Metcalfe Park Community Bridges and others.
Plus, see the Bucks championship parade, Activate Co and Art Fu Yung’s Moody Park basketball court renovation, the ribbon cutting ceremony at America’s Black Holocaust Museum, a gig at Cactus Club and more.
The video was directed by Samer Ghani and created in partnership with Visit Milwaukee.
Watch it here:
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.