In an effort to get more Millennials of color to the voting booths, a series of hip-hop focused events will kick off this month and continue through – or beyond – 2020.
"I wanted to organize something that supported civic engagement through hip-hop musicians," says Hickman. "This is a hip-hop powered voter engagement initiative to encourage voter registration with Milwaukeeans who are millennials, African American and hip-hop consumers."
"Our City, Your Vote" takes place Tuesday, Sept. 25 – which is National Voter Registration Day – at the Riverwest Public House, 815 E. Locust St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The free event will feature music by Lord Fredd33 and DJ Dripsweat along with food from Tandem and Rise & Grind.
Attendees who are not already registered voters will be asked to sign a "pledge card," promising to go to the polls for local and national elections. Hickman’s goal is to get signatures on 2,500 pledge cards.
"Often we see problems and are not sure what to do. I see this as an opportunity for me to help fix something," says Hickman.
This is the first event in a series that will run through 2020. The 2018 initiative is presented in partnership with #IVoted, a national not-for-profit music/civic engagement organization that’s making a stop in Milwaukee on Tuesday, Nov. 6 to promote national mid-term elections.
"Milwaukee is our city. It belongs to all of us and what it becomes is up to us and it starts with our vote," says Hickman.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.