NEWaukeean: Kennita Catera Hickman
Where do you work and what makes your role awesome?
I own Catera, brand strategy and management company. I help musicians, creatives and elected officials to be seen and heard. By day, I work as Ex Fabula’s Event Producer. I coordinate logistics for all of our workshops and StorySlams. Both jobs allow me to create equity, so I’m really fortunate.
How long have you lived in MKE & what brought you here?
I’m a Milwaukee girl, born & raised.
What do you love most about MKE?
I love that it’s a small city with big city amenities. I’m literally one person away from EVERY decision maker in the city. And, I think Milwaukee is unrefined 🙂 Building a branding company for independent musicians allows me to create a blueprint. That’s pretty exciting.
What is something that is missing from our community that you would love to see implemented?
2 things. A solid pipeline for independent musicians to play great gigs and make income on an independent level. This pipeline would have to be something that extends past Milwaukee. And, opportunities for urban genres to gig more at consistent venues.
What is one word that you would use to describe MKE?
What local restaurant is at the top of your list?
This is a toss-up. Antigua Latin Restaurant, everything on its menu is beyond delicious. Uppa Yard (on Northside) has THEE best Jamaican food, their curry chicken and rice & beans. Especially because I prefer dark meat. And, Centro Cafe in Riverwest. Their seafood risotto and tiramisu? I could eat it every day.
What does your ideal MKE weekend look like?
My ideal Saturday would be Hot Yoga at Embody Yoga at Sherman Phoenix, Soul food Brunch Buffet at Rise & Grind in Bronzeville and curling up with a good book at a local coffee house 🙂 — if I can squeeze in a massage at Aveda in the 3rd Ward…. even better.