Tuxedo Boot Camp with Andre Lee Ellis

A conversation with activist and organizer Andre Lee Ellis about the “500 Black Tuxedos” event at the Milwaukee Art Museum, how Ellis’ “We Got This” project got started, issues of race in Milwaukee, his grandson, and much more.

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“We’re teaching young black men to break the cycle,” says Andre Lee Ellis, who organized the recent “500 Black Tuxedos” event at the Milwaukee Art Museum that grew out of his “We Got This” project. The event was featured in the February issue of Milwaukee Magazine in the photo essay “Well Suited.”

On this episode, Andre Lee Ellis sat down with managing editor Daniel Simmons to talk more about the event, how Ellis’ “We Got This” project got started, issues of race in Milwaukee, his grandson, and much more.

Also, we’re featuring local music on this podcast, and if you want to have a song featured, send us a tweet @milwaukeemag.

This episode’s featured song is “Kinfolk” by Webster X.

Text and pictures taken from Milwaukee Magazine