Monthly Archives: September 2012

Black organizations received funds to rebuild N. Mpls

Why is the area still impoverished?  

Okay, Facebook friends and family. It’s lesson time. Wake up and listen because you are being robbed without a gun. I really understand why North Minneapolis has no place where families and children can enjoy themselves in their own community, because you are all sleeping on the money and your community leaders are getting paid. Continue Reading →

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Freeing the spirit involves reunion with the ancient self

There is no doubt that as a people we have come a long way in our struggle to overcome some of the most brutal experiences in the history of humankind; social movements as well as legal and political avenues have given us the means to overcome slavery, Jim Crow, and a host of other oppressive forces and atrocities. Yet, there is one struggle that appears to be ongoing, and that is the struggle to heal and build: specifically, to heal the pain stemming from disconnection from culture, loss of community, and separation from our intellectual heritage. Building on opinions expressed by some of our most well-known thinkers, activists and writers, in this article I will address community development from a cultural standpoint, because, as I have been taught by life, it is culture which provides the necessary foundation for a people to heal, work together and build. In my current role as a student of culture and life, I often call upon experiences I had as a child while living in the Mississippi Delta. It was while living in the Delta, an area considered one of the most destitute places in the United States, where I learned from an early age that Black people survived, maintained their integrity, and built economies using culture as the source. Continue Reading →

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Black short films emerge from underground festival

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Talibah L. Newman wrote and directed Busted on Brigham Lane, and Jesse Atlas and Aaron Wolfe co-wrote Record/Play, directed by Atlas. The two short films were included in the “Relationships” shorts program at the recent Minneapolis Underground Film Festival hosted by the Film Society of Minneapolis/Saint Paul at St. Anthony Main Theatre. The MSR talked to Newman, Atlas and Wolfe in separate phone interviews prior to the showings. “It is about a young girl who hasn’t seen her father in 10 years so they have an estranged relationship,” explains Newman of Busted on Brigham Lane, her fourth short film. Continue Reading →

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Twin Cities lost funk and soul collection brings back the old-school jams

 

A music review

By Demetairs Bell

Contributing Writer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twin Cities Funk & Soul: Lost R&B Grooves from Minneapolis/St. Paul 1964-1979 (Secret Stash Records) allows you to time travel to the days of live instruments, tight horn sections, heavy bass lines and percussions along with raw, uncut funk. The CD features 21 songs that take you back to the days of parties in the basement with the red light bulbs, bell bottoms and platform shoes.  

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U of M medical school lectures improve skin care for people of color

 

The University of Minnesota Medical School Crutchfield Lectureship was created in honor of the personal conviction and professional commitment of Charles and Susan Crutchfield, two of the first African American physicians in Minnesota. The first annual lectureship was held by invitation on Wednesday, August 8 at the U of M Campus Club, fourth floor of Coffman Union. The lecture was given by world-renowned Dr. Rebat Halder of Howard University.  

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Your authentic vocation: finding career success and satisfaction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you ask six people the meaning of career success, you will probably get six different answers. One dictionary defines success as “the satisfactory accomplishment of a goal sought for.”

To be successful, you must achieve the goal and be satisfied with the outcome. With this definition, one wonders if “success” that does not include personal satisfaction — a sense of well-being — is really true success at all. As a career coach, I assist my clients on their journey to finding their authentic vocation. The word authentic, as used here, means real or aligned with one’s essential self; vocation denotes a calling, a profession to which one is particularly suited for, or a life’s work. Continue Reading →

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Live sports fan experience too costly for average folks

And losing teams don’t add up to a big bang for your buck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Twins has a three-year-old downtown ballpark, and the Vikings in a few years will have new digs. The Wolves want new improvements to the city-owned arena to keep up with newer NBA arenas, and the Wild brag about its state-of-the-art hockey arena in St. Paul. Earlier this summer the so-called local “Big Four” sports team executives in a roundtable discussion at the Twins park discussed the “fan experience.”

“You got to find a way to engage your fans,” says Timberwolves President Chris Wright. “We are trying hard to understand our fans as best we can, and what matters to them,” adds Minnesota Wild Chief Operating Officer Matt Majka. Continue Reading →

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WNBA sets the standard while Lynx falls behind on race

 

 

 

 

 

 

First in an occasional series

 

The WNBA recently scored its 10th top grade for race in the 2012 Racial and Gender Report Card (RGRC), which is published annually by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES). TIDES director and the report’s principal author Richard Lapchick and his staff uses data from the WNBA team media guides, and the league office provides personnel data to evaluate and determine final grades. The September 5 report said that the league set “the standard for racial and gender diversity among all professional leagues” as it scored an A for the sixth consecutive year. The Minnesota Lynx has had only two Black head coaches, five Black assistant coaches (2006 was the only year in team history when the entire coaching staff was Black) and one Black vice president in its 13-year history. However, the team has not hired any Blacks for other top management positions such as general manager, public relations director and community relations director; or professional administration positions such as marketing, promotions, publications and various other department heads that Lapchick annually grades. Continue Reading →

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Arizona beats New England on their home turf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 13.5-point underdog Arizona Cardinals pulled off the upset of the weekend, beating the Patriots 20-18 at Gillette Stadium. The Cardinals intercepted Tom Brady’s first pass of the game and sacked him four times. The Cardinals built a 20-9 lead and held on to improve to 2-0.  

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Cooper defeats Chisago Lakes

Rucker overcomes mistakes to help Hawks cruise to victory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robbinsdale Copper’s MALIK RUCKER made two mistakes, uncharacteristic of the state’s number-two football prospect, during the Hawks’ North Suburban Conference showdown against Chisago Lakes last Friday night.  

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