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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights!

Home for the Holidays concert
 with Kimberly Brown

Sun., Dec. 16, 2:30 & 6:30 pm
Fine Line Music Cafe
318 First Ave. N., Mpls., 612-338-8100 or www.finelinemusic.com
Tickets are $25 for seating and $15 for standing room only;
for tickets, go to www.kimberlybrown.info. Tower of Power 

Mon.-Wed., Dec. 17-19, 7 & 9 pm
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com
 Tickets are $55-70 for the 7 pm show
and $45-60 for the 9 pm show. Continue Reading →

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Medicaid expansion: more insured at state-budget savings

ACA advocates predict uninsured Blacks will drop from 20 to eight percent
 

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

The Greater United Way held a “community conversation” December 4 at the Wilder Foundation in St. Paul on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it can help low-income uninsured Minnesotans. Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center CEO Stella Whitney-West, HealthPartners Government and Community Relations Vice President Donna Zimmerman and Jonathan Watson, Minnesota Association of Community Health Programs associate director spoke to an audience mainly composed of local health professionals. One-half of NorthPoint’s clientele are on Medicaid, the federal health program for low-income individuals and families. Thirty-seven percent are uninsured and 80 percent are from communities of color, Whitney-West pointed out. Continue Reading →

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Habakkuk Records spotlights emerging gospel artists

Label owner creates business plan through divine inspiration
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

In today’s up-and-down economy, when music consumers opt for digital downloads rather than purchasing CDs, April Washington’s Habakkuk Records, which she started in 2008, has weathered the economic turbulence. A seasoned veteran music executive, Washington says she applied what she learned from her years with major labels to her own label. “When I went to

Motown, I worked under Jheryl Busby,” she told the MSR in a phone interview. “He was a phenomenal executive. One of the things he taught us was really get on the ground…where the fan base [is]. Continue Reading →

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United Theological Seminary seeks more diverse students, faculty

MSR speaks with United’s new president, Rev. Dr. Barbara Holmes
 

By Robin James

Contributing Writer

 

The United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities is currently celebrating 50 years of service. Since July of 2012, Reverend Dr. Barbara A. Holmes has been the first African American woman at its helm. Her artist’s sensibility, imaginative approach to ministry, and creative problem solving are already being viewed as both inspiring and what’s needed to move the institution forward. Well known as an outstanding leader in theological education and an inspiring lecturer and teacher, Dr. Holmes hails from Memphis Theological Seminary, where she was professor of ethics and African American religious studies and served for five years as vice president/dean of academic affairs. Raised in the Dixwell Avenue Congregational Church in New Haven, Connecticut, Dr. Holmes is an ordained minister recognized in the Disciples of Christ and also a member of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis. Continue Reading →

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MN prison phones: high rates, dropped calls

 

By Tina McCabe

Contributing Writer

 

Shelly Martin handed her cell phone to her nine-year-old niece. On the other end was her father, who had been waiting in line to use the only available phone. They greeted each other and began to talk. Perhaps he asked how school was and she asked when she would see him next. Then the conversation ended abruptly. Continue Reading →

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Who’s honing Twin Cities’ media focus? Blacks in management still a rarity in local television, radio news

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Blacks are barely represented on the air and in management at Twin Cities television and radio stations. The MSRrecently examined four local station websites — WCCO (Channel 4), KSTP (Channel 5), KMSP (Channel 9), and KARE (Channel 11) and found:

WCCO: one Black female anchor, one Black anchor/reporter, one Black reporter

KSTP: No Blacks

KMSP: One Black reporter

KARE: No Blacks

The MSR also examined KSTP and WCCO Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Public File Reports for the December 1, 2010 to November 30, 2011 reporting period — the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires that these reports are publicly available. KSTP-TV filled 38 full-time openings, including two meteorologists and three reporters. The station also reported the Council on Black Minnesotans, the St. Paul Urban League, Minneapolis Urban League, the Minneapolis NAACP chapter and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) as among its recruitment sources. Continue Reading →

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Minnesota: land of underused though highly skilled Black quarterbacks

There’s too much emphasis on White and not enough on win 
 

The elephant in the middle of the sports living room is back: another round of a decreasing number of Black quarterbacks (irrespective of RGIII, the phenomenal Black quarterback of the Washington Redskins). Sports columnists in this paper periodically hint at it in terms of Minnesota. Time to put it front and center. Vikings Joe Webb and Gopher MarQueis Grey are highly skilled Black quarterbacks with tremendous talents being underutilized. Let’s talk about it. Continue Reading →

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Top issues for Blacks this legislative session

 

There are going to be a lot of issues on the table in the 2013 legislative session, and this columnist is going to be involved in and writing about issues that have a direct impact on the Black community. With regards to the issue of felons’ right to vote in Minnesota, Blacks are released back into our community and must have every opportunity to be successful after serving time for their crimes. However, this must be balanced with their ability to demonstrate a willingness to live within the laws of the state of Minnesota and not victimize citizens in and/or outside the community. Considering the above paragraph, this columnist sent the following letter to Rep. Steve Simon (appointed to chair the committee dealing with this issue) and to Rep. Rena Moran:

“Rep. Steve Simon, House members,

“My position is that felons must remain law abiding for three years before being eligible to vote, meaning no parole violations or no crimes meeting the level of a felony and/or repeated misdemeanor violations, in reality, any act that is considered a violation of parole and standards set upon release. I do not see a need for anyone not being able to vote while on parole for five years or more. Continue Reading →

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Letter to the Editor: Spike Moss: a true hero

 

I came to Minnesota when I was 16 years old. I am now 50. Spike Moss was in charge of the WAY when I was a teenager. While he never seeks accolades, I think it is important that people know that Spike Moss was instrumental in saving so many youth through his program at the WAY and with the Leo Johnson Drill Team. I have attended funerals where Spike’s influence has been discussed among people my age. Continue Reading →

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