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Treena Burtin is the newest member of the Blaqlizt Entertainment family and a big reason behind poetry being featured on the site. She put The Illixer on to the whole Poetry Unplugged event via her performance and the rest was history. So it only seemed fair to allow her to share her work. The poem she decided to submit is entitled “Mother Earth.” The poem contains a theme similar to that of her performance peace. It calls attention to problems that are plaguing society in order to enlighten and inspire change. Sounds deep huh? Check it out after the jump.

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Every Tuesday night, Club Nostalgia holds an open mic event called Poetry Unplugged. It features various local Milwaukee poets, with a few singers and other talents thrown in on occasion. Doors open at around 8pm and those interested in performing sign up at the door. Performances start around 10pm. In between time there is an open kitchen that serves delicious smelling food and a bar with prompt and friendly service. Additionally, there is music provided by infamous local deejay, DJ Mr. Martin. He alternates with beloved and well known local live band Cigarette Break. The event is hosted by Kwabena Nixon and usually centers around a theme or message.

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Meet Milwaukee native Treena Burtin. Treena is an up-and-coming R&B singer who also happens to: model, act, perform poetry, and do charity work. Treena got started with singing and acting while in high school. She won the lead role of Rita Louise Watson in her school’s version of the hit movie Sister Act II and the rest is history. Taking on a role originally played by the infamous Lauryn Hill is a nice early career accomplishment. Treena will be gracing R&B lovers with a brand new single on February 14, 2012. Who doesn’t like a good R&B song on the majorly recognized day of love. Besides working on music, Treena has also taken some steps to beef up her modeling portfolio. She has participated in events at Milwaukee’s own Studio One Photo Art and gone on to work with well known photographers such as Hank McClellan and Chris Burton. So Miss Burtin has an impressive background. However, what brought her to the attention of The Illixer is her current charity work.