Vol. 6    No. 11
UNE 2, 2011

The Capital City Hues
(608) 241-2000

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The Capital City Hues
PO Box 259712
Madison, WI 53725
($45 a year)
Contact Number:
(608) 241-2000
Advertising: Claire G. Mendoza


Jonathan Gramling
Publisher & Editor

Clarita G. Mendoza
Sales Manager

Contributing Writers
Rita Adair, Ike Anyanike, Paul
Barrows, Alfonso Zepeda
Capistran, Theola Carter, Fabu,
Andrew Gramling, Lang
Kenneth Haynes, Eileen Cecille
Hocker, Heidi Pascual, Jessica
Pharm, Laura Salinger, Jessica
Strong, & Martinez White

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It’s been an interesting five years since The Capital City Hues began publishing in March 2006.
Since that time in spite of the Great Recession and the overall decline in the print media industry,
we are still kicking and still publishing. It’s hard to believe that we have already published over
130 editions of the paper.

Over the course of the five years, I have had the privilege of reporting on people and events in
Madison’s different communities of color. The Capital City Hues was an idea and little less back in
2006 and it has definitely become a reality today because of the stories and ideas that people within
our communities of color have shared with us. In many ways, it has been Madison’s communities
of color that have been building this community paper, one story at a time.

Over the course of the five years, as I went from event to event and story to story, I was very
fortunate to meet many movers and shakers within the different communities and many wonderful
people who make contributions to their communities as well as the greater Madison area. While I
have always believed in equality and in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Beloved Community, it is my
day-to-day experience of reporting that has allowed me to see Dr. King’s vision in the flesh. It has
certainly been the fulfillment of my life to witness this community of people.

One thing that I also noticed during the five years was that although there was overlapping
between the communities in many beautiful and wondrous ways, the only constant to all of the
things that were happening was me. No one else, as far as my limited perception could see, was
quite covering the beat that I was.

So when we started thinking of ways to celebrate the five year anniversary of our publication, we
decided to make the pages of The Capital City Hues come alive, hence our theme The Hues Alive at
Five: Celebrating Our Communities of Color. The paper, The Capital City Hues, is merely a reflection
of the rich cultures and traditions that go on around us. Instead of celebrating a thing, a newspaper,
we decided to celebrate the people who appear on its pages for without the people, the newspaper
would not exist.

On June 26th, The Hues Alive at Five: Celebrating Our Communities of Color will be held on the 200
block of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. We felt that it was most appropriate to hold the street
celebration on Dr. King’s street as well as in the center of DeJope, which is the Ho-Chunk term for
Four Lakes, the land on which they were the first inhabitants.

From noon to 7 p.m., we will feature twelve different performance groups reflecting the broad Hues
of talent in our midst. We have everything from gospel, jazz and soul to Indian classical dance and
Native drumming. There will be a Hmong dance group as well as Japanese Taiko drumming and
Mexican traditional dance. José Madera and Mario Mendoza will be collaborating on a group that
will play some wonderful Afro-Caribbean music. Call for Peace will be starting us out with a
multicultural dance and drumming performance that will reflect the spirit of The Hues.

We are also making use of the occasion to honor some individuals who have worked hard to make
our world more diverse and just, to bring us closer to Dr. King’s Beloved Community. The award
recipients are former Governor James Doyle, Ada Deer, Jacqueline DeWalt, Lilliam Post, Paul and
Atsuko Kusuda and E. Aggo Akyea.

We will also be unveiling Cultural Banners that The Capital City Hues has commissioned. These 6 ft.
tall by 12 ft. wide banners will depict diversity within the African, African American, American
Indian, Asian American and Latino communities. We will also be displaying banners exhibiting the
first 126 covers of The Capital City Hues.

And finally we will also be featuring ethnic foods. For $15 adults and $10 children, festival goers
will be able to eat a sampler of samosas, tamales, Jollof Rice with chicken and plantains, fried
chicken and macaroni and cheese and Indian tacos plus three drinks The food/drink coupons must
be ordered or purchased by June 19th because our permit does not allow us to make sales on the
day of the event. It is like buying a ticket for an annual dinner. Checks can be mailed to The Hues, P.
O. Box 259712, Madison, WI 53725-9712. Please include the name of each individual who will
receive a coupon. You can also e-mail me at
gramling@capitalcityhues.com to make a reservation.
The Hues Alive at Five will be a wonderful time, but it won’t be a true celebration without you!
Reflections/Jonathan Gramling   
                     Hues Alive at Five