Monthly Archives: February 2013

Parents, step up! Take charge!

 

 

In this madness of crime and murder, are you in charge of your household? Some households have a mother and father, some just a mother or just a father… Either way, are you in charge? From the birth of your child to 18 years of age, you need to be in charge of your child in your home. A child shouldn’t make any decisions under your roof for themselves. Continue Reading →

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Communicating your personal brand — Identifying your brand statement

As you campaign to obtain your target job or launch a business, your personal brand statement should be communicated. According to Career Distinction: Standing out by Building Your Brand by William Arruda and Kirsten Dixson, your brand statement should possess three qualities:

1) It consists of just one sentence. 2) It can be easily understood by a 12-year-old. 3) You could recite it from memory. A well-written personal branding campaign creates a strong, consistent and specific association between the individual and the perceived value that individual offers. Continue Reading →

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The Good Wife Works – Heroes and heroines in Black History Month

 

“Things that no one knows, things that leave no trace, do not exist.” (Italo Svevo, Zeno’s Conscience)

 

Rosa Parks is a household name for her defiance of Jim Crow laws in the South. She died at age 92, 50 years after the event — when she was 42 years old — that made history. Claudette Colvin was 15 years old (born 09/05/39) in Birmingham when her civil rights event occurred on March 2, 1955. Other women — Geneva, Viola, Katie, Edwina Epsie and Mary — between 1946 and 1955 similarly stood up to Jim Crow laws in the South along with Parks andColvin, but attorney E.I. Nixon said, “I need someone I can win with.” That was Parks. “That we matter and that what we are doing matters can be erased easily — by depression or fear or anxiety,” Elizabeth Kastor wrote (Int’l Herald Tribune, 1997). Continue Reading →

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Black sportswriting talent finds outlet on new online site

The Shadow League.com is an online site that features Black writers who provide in-depth articles. It provides “engaging, insightful and entertaining coverage of the intersection of sports, pop culture and

race” from a diverse perspective.   Comparable to the Black-oriented news site The Root.com, TheShadowLeague. com, which debuted in January, is a “go-to website for edgy, forward-thinking perspectives.” However, unlike The Root, which is corporate- owned, the latter is solely owned by former ESPN vice-president Keith Clinkscales.   “We all enjoy sports,” says Clinkscales. Continue Reading →

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Keith recalls how he and Lesli met — and the foul names she’d called him

 

 

Making her way from the bed to the bathroom, Lesli called, “Honey, you there?”

Keith blew cigarette smoke out. “Yeah, baby, I’m here,” he lied in what he hoped was a strong, assuring voice. Fact is, he was, as the saying goes, a million miles away, lost in more worried thought than he’d known in a long time. He listened to himself. His voice didn’t sound the least bit strong or assured at all. It reminded him of being a kid, nauseous with fear at answering an adult’s threatening summons, like a call to account for something somebody had broken in the living room where children weren’t supposed to be horsing around in the first place. His response now was just as helpless. He was a grownup scared to say something that would wound another grownup who had made herself as defenseless as, well, a child. “Hell, some child,” he chuckled to himself, hardly aware he’d spoken out loud. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights

Kevin Bozeman
 
Mar. 5-9, various show times
Acme Comedy Co. 708 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-338-6393 or www.acmecomedycompany.com
With a smooth and clever style, a great smile and a contagious laugh Bozeman has been entertaining in clubs and colleges across the country.  In 2000 he was the winner of the Midwest region of the HBO Comedy Competition and flew to Los Angeles to compete as a finalist.  He performed on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” in 2003, and finished 2nd in the Boston Comedy Competition in 2005.  He was a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2010. Grupo Corpo

Tues., Mar. 5, 7:30 pm
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 1-800-982-2787 or www.HennepinTheatreTrust.org
Back by popular demand, contemporary Brazilian dance superstars Grupo Corpo return with an evening of Northrop premieres. Continue Reading →

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Black sportswriting talent finds outlet on new online site

The Shadow League.com is an online site that features Black writers who provide

in-depth articles. It provides “engaging, insightful and entertaining coverage

of the intersection of sports, pop culture and race” from a diverse perspective.  

Comparable to the Black-oriented news site The Root.com, TheShadowLeague. com, which debuted in January, is a “go-to website for edgy,

forward-thinking perspectives.” However, unlike The Root, which is corporate-

owned, the latter is solely owned by former ESPN vice-president Keith

Clinkscales.  

“We all enjoy sports,” says Clinkscales. Continue Reading →

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José James and band awes Cedar crowd

 

 

José James didn’t just sing during his homecoming concert at the Cedar on January 29, he spoke his mind. And he delivered on the wish that most concertgoers have when they go to see a promising new artist perform. He took them on a journey. And the audience — among them, friends, family, and mentors who flocked in adoration — witnessed one of 2013’s greatest musical success stories in the making. James is a renegade artist in the tradition of Prince. Continue Reading →

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The legacy of Marvin “Corky” Taylor — Rest in peace, Black Warrior, one of the Honest Five who refused to lie

 

Marvin “Corky” Taylor was recognized by NERA (National Economic Research Associates) for his contributions to the completion of NERA’s October 21, 2010 report to the City of Minneapolis on the City’s purposeful failure to meet its diversity, equity and affirmative action responsibilities. NERA’s crack global research team of Wainwright, Holt, Kim Stewart and J. Wesley Stewart wrote: “This study would not have been possible without the assistance and perseverance of Mr. Marvin Taylor of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights.”

In Mr. Taylor they found a dedicated and persevering professional refusing to join in the sabotage of the research report. The response of his bosses at the City and its Civil Rights Department was his demotion and eventual loss of job. The things that were done to Mr. Taylor after his demotion were calculated to break him. He was put into a dank basement office surrounded by asbestos. Continue Reading →

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