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Jabril was born in Pasedena, California, before relocating at the tender age of two months to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His childhood was spent reading and running around in the Riverwest neighborhood of northeastern Milwaukee where he also attended public high school at Riverside University. After high school, where he wrote for the school newspaper and dazzled teachers with his grasp of the english language, Jabril left Milwaukee to attend the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, graduating in early 2010.

After graduation, Jabril returned to Milwaukee, falling back in love with the city he grew up in. While becoming involved in a growing arts and culture movement in the city, he was drawn back towards writing as a vessel for his own personal satisfaction and self-expression. Jabril has created two journalistic storytelling projects focused on his hometown - documenting the city's street festivals and telling the personal stories of regular people.



Recent Articles
 
 #RaiseMKE - June 24, 2017
 Black leaders call for peace, unity in wake of Sylville Smith verdict
 The same night a verdict came down acquitting the Milwaukee police officer who shot Sylville Smith to death, grassroots leaders, activists and individuals close to Smith gathered in Sherman Park in a show of solidarity, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 
 #RaiseMKE - May 21, 2017
 Common Council calls for reducing incarceration
 The Milwaukee Common Council recently passed a resolution calling on Milwaukee County, the State of Wisconsin and the federal government to prioritize prevention and address crime holistically to reduce incarceration, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 
 #RaiseMKE - May 7, 2017
 Community leaders: Public officials ignoring "public health crisis"
 The City of Milwaukee, and its largest school district, have attempted to assure residents their water is safe amidst a growing concern about the negative effects of lead, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 
 Buzz - April 22, 2017
 Sherman Park residents disapprove of plans to rebuild gas station
 Sherman Park residents expressed concerns at a recent listening session about a proposal to rebuild a gas station that was burned to the ground during sometimes-violent demonstrations in August, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 
 #RaiseMKE - April 16, 2017
 County, school board officials see collaboration opportunity in resource centers
 The initial focus of a new Milwaukee County initiative to create "Community Restoration Centers" will be to provide employment and literacy services at Lincoln Park on the city's North Side, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 
 #RaiseMKE - April 9, 2017
 Community support critical to Black Holocaust Museum's resurgence
 On a recent morning in Bronzeville, a crowd of community members and city leaders gathered for the groundbreaking of the new Garfield Development - featuring a new location for the Black Holocaust Museum, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 
 Living - March 30, 2017
 Residents express concern about handling of chemicals in nearby plant
 Residents in the area of a factory that washes large containers used to transport chemicals expressed concern about the effect the mishandling and mixing of chemicals in these barrels has had on their neighborhood, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 
 Kids & Family - March 8, 2017
 Critics fear MPS uniform policy will fail to achieve its goals
 Critics of a new MPS policy requiring uniforms say it will not accomplish its goals to contribute to a positive school environment by minimizing bullying and lowering costs for low-income families, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 
 #RaiseMKE - February 26, 2017
 ACLU suit alleges MPD "stop-and-frisk" practices violate U.S. Constitution
 On Wednesday, the ACLU and ACLU of Wisconsin announced a federal class action lawsuit challenging what they called "the unconstitutional [and] suspicionless stop-and-frisk program of the Milwaukee Police Department," Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 
 #RaiseMKE - February 22, 2017
 A focus on community persists at Milwaukee Christian Center
 The mission of the Milwaukee Christian Center, which has existed for 95 years on Milwaukee's South Side, is to improve struggling communities by helping to lift people out of poverty, reports Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.
 


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