Monthly Archives: January 2013

Check out the pics

With Johnson and Central playing for St. Paul City Conference bragging rights in boys’ basketball (at the time of this publication), here are some boys’ basketball pictures from this season and one from the past, along with the following descriptions:

1. QUASHINGM SMITH-PUGH (with ball) of St. Paul Johnson drives around Roseville’s LOGAN BROWN. Smith-Pugh averages 20 points per game for the Governors. Continue Reading →

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Mpls native converts success as player into coaching know-how

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Her players haven’t as yet called her “Coach,” but Kachine Alexander says she can’t wait for one of them to challenge her to a game of one-on-one. “I think most players still call me ‘Cash,’ admits the first-year Concordia University assistant women’s basketball coach. “They’ve been itching for me to play with them ever since I’ve got here. I keep telling them they don’t want those problems.”

Alexander’s playing pedigree suggests, however, that the CU players might want to reevaluate their itches: a prep standout at Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School, an all-state and all-metro performer, and a Minnesota Miss Basketball finalist in 2007. Continue Reading →

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Bobby Z presents 2nd annual benefit concert for heart health

 

Bobby Z’s organization My Purple Heart and the American Heart Association will present the 2nd 

Annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life! on Saturday, March 9, 8 pm, at First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. Robert Rivkin, a.k.a. Bobby Z, is the former drummer for Prince & the Revolution. This event will feature actress Maya Rudolph, drummer ?uestlove of the Roots, Stokley Williams of Mint Condition, vocalist Alexander O’Neal and many other guests. A portion of the proceeds will benefit My Purple Heart and the American Heart Association for continued heart-health education. Continue Reading →

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Press conference on Mpls high school racial incident held at MSR

 

A press conference about a recent racially charged incident at Washburn High School in Minneapolis was held Tuesday, January 22 at the MSR office. As told in a press release issued by Minneapolis Public Schools, on Friday, January 11, “a…group of students [dangled] a dark-skinned baby doll by its neck with a piece of string. Students recorded the incident and images were posted on social media sites. School security cameras also captured the events.”

 

Watch MSR Online for an upcoming story about this event.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MLK Holiday Event Calendar 2013

 
Friday, January 18
 

7 pm, Friends School presents the 2013 MLK Celebration, The O’Shaughnessy, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul • Free• 651-917-0636 or www.fsmn.org

 
Saturday, January 19
 

8 am — 2 pm, Fifth Annual Power of Giving MLK Day of Service, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, T Building Plaza Dining Room, 1501 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis • 612-659-6000 or www.minneapolis.edu/mlk2013

 
Sunday, January 20
 

All day, honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by hosting a Sunday Supper • www.pointsoflight.org/mlk/host-americas-sunday-supper.  

4 pm, Martin Luther King Concert, University of Minnesota West Bank, Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2106 4th St. S., Minneapolis • Free • Ralph Blanco at rblanco@umn.edu or 612-625-8680 or https://diversity.umn.edu/mlktribute

 
Monday, January 21
 

All day, honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through volunteer service • 612-379-4900, info@handsontwincities.org, www.handsontwincities.org/MLK_2013 or www.mlkday.gov

 

7 am, Holiday Breakfast, Minneapolis Convention Center, Ballroom A, 1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis • Broadcast live at 8 am on TPT • contact@mlkbreakfast.com or www.mlkbreakfast.com

 

8:30 am — 2 pm, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Statewide Celebration, Central High School, 275 N. Lexington Pkwy., St. Paul • Free • Central High School at 651-744-4900 or Amanda Norman at mnmlkholiday@gmail.com

 

11 am — 2 pm, Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, Powderhorn Park Community Center, 3400 15th Ave. Continue Reading →

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Django Unchained director really loves Black people!

 

 

Check out this photo in W Magazine: Quentin Tarantino defends his use of the “N” word, but is he really about the “E” word — exploitation? Write your own caption for this magazine photo and post it on our Facebook FAN PAGE for a chance to win an MSR t-shirt, calendar and newspaper subscription!  

 

 

Also check out this commentary on the subject by Charles W. Davidson in our Editorial section this week!   Continue Reading →

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Stadium equity plan not yet a reality

 
Is a 32 percent people-of-color workforce goal overly optimistic?  
News Analysis

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer

 

The plans are in full swing for the new $975 million Vikings stadium. And yet again many in the Black community hold out hope that the economic stimulus the stadium promises to provide will benefit them as well. Unemployment in the Black community continues to remain high. In fact, in the last quarter of 2012 unemployment in North Minneapolis hovered around 22 percent. Continue Reading →

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Northside pastors partner to increase number of Black homeowners

 
Habitat for Humanity focuses on eight-block N. Mpls area damaged by tornado
 
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Homeownership among Blacks on the Northside has been waning in recent years, first because of the mortgage foreclosure crisis, and secondly by the May 2011 tornado. As a result, a group of North Minneapolis pastors met a few months ago and joined collaboratively to help address this issue. This issue “is urgency to our congregations. Right now there is a small percentage of homeownership by African Americans,” explains

Bishop Richard Howell, Jr., pastor of Shiloh Temple International Ministries, a founding member of the Northside Pastors’ Collaborative, a coalition of local churches. New Salem Baptist, Kwanzaa Community Church, Greater Friendship

Missionary Baptist, New Creation Church, New Bethel Baptist, Redeemer Lutheran, Berean Baptist, Family Baptist and Proverbs Christian Fellowship are the other members. Continue Reading →

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Entrepreneur turns fetish into business opportunity

 
Divas in Motion brings unique shoe styles to Twin Cities
 
By Jamal Denman

Contributing Writer

 

Divas in Motion is a small, intimate boutique located on the corner of 60th Street and Nicollet Avenue in South Minneapolis. It specializes in offering unique, one-of-a-kind women’s footwear that is not likely to be found anywhere else in the state. Divas in Motion offers limited quantities of fashionable flats, heels, wedges and boots, as well as a warm and friendly atmosphere for every customer they serve.The concept for Divas in Motion came from 29-year-old owner and entrepreneur Tashawna Williams. Williams earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, where she also played basketball and became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. The Minneapolis native — who is also the youngest of five siblings — returned to her hometown and became a teacher and mentor. Although she liked the fact that she was teaching and working with youth, Williams still felt like something was missing in her professional life. Continue Reading →

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Message to student-athletes: ‘No means no!’

 

Apparently based on recent events, two suggested prerequisite courses for all college studentathletes at all three NCAA division schools should be, first, an English class on the true meaning of the word “no,” and second a class on “making right choices.”

A former Hamline University men’s basketball player was recently charged with felony second-degree assault after he allegedly hit a woman in the face while in Spokane, Washington on New Year’s Eve. When she heard about the incident, Crystal Flint briefly chatted with one of her sons: “I told him that no one knew how it was going to turn, [but] somebody has to do the morally correct thing and go…at least tell somebody,” she recalls. If Flint, herself a former University of Minnesota student-athlete, is successful in convincing her youngster to do the “morally correct thing,” it will help eradicate the notion of individual willfulness embedded in too many young people’s minds that falsely tells them that whatever they do, rightly or wrongly, is acceptable these days. This notion we adults have somehow, consciously or unconsciously, planted and watered in them, thus enabling them and bankrupting them morally. This is even more so if the young person has been tagged a “star athlete” in his or her formative years, depriving them of understanding and of consistently hearing the word “no.” Sometimes we see a dangerous pattern developing and allow it to go unchecked. Continue Reading →

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