By Charles Hallman
The Minneapolis City Conference once was considered the jewel of high school conferences around the state. Unfortunately, various factors over the years have contributed to its slowly decreasing luster. The new MPS athletic director would like to bring that lost luster back. “Once the job was open and I went through the formal application process and the interviews, I just felt like being a part of an athletic structure like this would be a right place to be,” said new Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Athletic Director Trent Tucker. He succeeds John Washington, who retired last fall. MPS has “a rich tradition,” Tucker said in a recent interview with the MSR. “There are so many things that are positive. Continue Reading →
The Bar Kays
Sun., Apr. 28 7 pm • Epic, 110 N. 5th St., Mpls., 612-332-3742 or epicmpls.com • Originating as the Stax Records’ house band in 1966, they played on records by Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, Soul Children and Isaac Hayes and were integral to Hayes’ landmarks Hot Buttered Soul, Black Moses, and Shaft. Their music has been sampled by everyone, from Coolio to Will Smith, to old schoolers like Cameo. Expect to hear “Shake Your Rump To The Funk,” “Move Your Boogie Body,” “Sex-o-Matic,” “Anticipation,” “Freakshow On The Dance Floor,” “Hit and Run,” “She talks To Me With Her Body,” among many others.
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Janelle Monáe was a recent hit at the Coachella music festival in Indio, California. According to critics and concert goers she was all the rave. Monàe has been setting the music world on fire for several years with the commercial success of her ArchAndroid CD and the popular release “Tightrope.”
In her short career, music people in the know have recognized her potential and unique talent, as evidenced by her Grammy nominations and collaborations with such notables as Big Boi, Sean Combs, and Bruno Mars (ArchAndroid was nominated in 2010 for Best Contemporary R&B Album). Some may recognize her as one of the driving voices behind “We are Young” by the popular group FUN, which topped music charts, last year. Janelle is hoping for a bit more notoriety with the release this week of her new single Q.U.E.E.N. Erykah Badu accompanies her on the song. Continue Reading →
Keith, over the past hour, had stared out the window so long, way down to the street below, that someone might’ve thought he was considering a jump. Still recalling his first night with Lesli, he surprised himself with a small laugh. Ambushing him at the hotel and catching him completely off-guard, Lesli had flipped the proverbial script; entirely. Impatient with waiting for him to make a move, she’d stopped trusting her allure and threw herself at him. She’d shut the door, hotel room door behind them and, like an Eskimo, rubbed her whole face back and forth across his. Continue Reading →
Joni Mitchell once sang that you don’t know what you’ve had until it’s gone. “We’re glad to get him,” admits KCSP-AM Program Director John Hanson on Henry Lake, the new midday host at “610 Sports Radio” in Kansas City. Personally I am glad the most talented but underused staffer at KFAN has finally left the area’s longest sports yakker. Lake had never gotten the right exposure, once being second billed with someone named Sludge, doing Vikings and Gophers ‘fan whine’ post-game shows then finally a solo hosting a show in what the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once called, the most segregated hour in America, Sunday mornings at 11. Now the Minneapolis-born Lake had to take his talent on the road, and thank goodness right in the nick of time. Continue Reading →
Will union dues be passed on to working parents?
By Charles Hallman
A bill that would authorize home-based childcare providers to vote on whether or not to be in a union is moving through committee in the Minnesota House of Representatives. The Child Care Collective Bargaining Act was introduced in the Minnesota Senate in February. While supporters say the bill would make child care more affordable for working parents, opponents argue that daycare fees could rise because of union dues. State Senator Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) told the MSR during a Council on Black Minnesotans rally at the State Capitol last month, “I support the unionizing of childcare workers.” He pointed out that the bill does not force childcare workers to join a union, but rather would offer the option of voting if they want a union or not. Continue Reading →
No Wrong Door gives sexually exploited children support, not punishment
By Dwight Hobbes
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, signed the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth Act into law in 2011; it will take effect in 2014. This bill officially identifies and treats trafficked children and adolescents as crime victims, not criminals. Legislation to amend the bill, utilizing the “No Wrong Door” model, is now before lawmakers to put teeth in the original edict. The Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth Act, according to a press release issued by the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force, the Family Partnership, and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, “charged the state departments of Public Safety, Human Services and Health with the task of convening diverse experts, including law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, public defenders, service providers, advocates, survivors of sex trafficking and others to create a comprehensive prevention and intervention model to successfully implement the Safe Harbor Act.” After a year and a half of convening, diverse experts put No Wrong Door before the legislature this past January. There are, in all of Minnesota, only four beds to shelter sexually trafficked girls and none for sexually trafficked boys — a tragic reality No Wrong Door is being advanced to address. Continue Reading →
Rickey Hall acknowledges school’s need for improved ‘external relations’
By Charles Hallman
Rickey Hall’s favorite advice to his coworkers is, “Diversity is everybody’s everyday work. I say that often to people,” says Hall, who will leave his current position later this month as the University of Minnesota’s assistant vice president for diversity and equity, which he’s held since 2007, to assume his new duties as vice chancellor for diversity at the University of Tennessee. Hall came to the Twin Cities campus in 1998, when he started and directed the university’s School of Public Health multicultural office. Then he moved to the diversity and equity office. He held similar positions at U of M — Morris and Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Continue Reading →
A movie review
By Dwight Hobbes
Were baseball, back in 1947, the boring, high-priced waste of time and money it is today, you’d have to wonder why Jackie Robinson went to the trouble. In those days, though, it was an exciting sport to watch and, of course, to play. Athletes loved the game. They had to. Unlike today’s lackadaisical, overpaid prima donnas, even the stars of the sport then worked jobs in the off-season, selling furniture, pumping gas, farming, what have you. Continue Reading →
Fri., Apr. 19, 8 pm • Epic, 110 N. 5th St., Mpls., 612-332-3742 or epicmpls.com • T.I. is on tour promoting his eighth studio album Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head, which he has hinted may be his last. But considering he reportedly has over 100 unreleased tracks from the Heavy is the Head sessions, this is unlikely. Travis Scott, I-B-ILL and DJ Enferno open.
Shabazz Palaces w/TheeSatisfaction and Malitia Mali Mob
Fri., Apr. 19, 8 pm • Fine Line Music Café, 318 1st Ave. Continue Reading →