Monthly Archives: May 2013

This week’s Entertainment spotlights!

 

 
The Music
 
Kings of the Mic Tour 
Thurs., May 30, 7:30 pm • Target Center, 600 First Ave. N., Mpls., 612-673-1600 • Two-time Grammy-winning recording artist, LL COOL J featuring DJ Z-Trip, will headline the “Kings of the Mic” Tour, which will prove to be this summer’s ultimate hip hop music experience. Joined by legendary artists Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul.  

 

 
Coolio
Sat., June 1, 9 pm • Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6425 or www.cabooze.com • W/ Level Heads, The Anchormen, and DJ Applejews.  

 

 

 

 
Rebirth Brass Band
Thurs., June 6, 7:30 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • The Rebirth Brass Band has been at the forefront of the brass band revival that they helped kick off almost 30 years ago and have become one of the most beloved brass bands in New Orleans and around the world. Continue Reading →

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Three jazz artists producing quality material

 

 

 

What does it mean to work with a high level of musicality? Three cutting-edge musicians with new albums out — veteran artists Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride, and rising star Gerald Clayton —certainly know the answer to that question. And for their enduring creative efforts, their passionate music is wooing the world. Trumpeter Payton, bassist McBride, and pianist Clayton, all composers and bandleaders in their own rights, as well as Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated artists, also continue to capture the attention of critics the world over with some of the most accessible new music that I’ve heard this year, so far. They may not be appearing on bandstands with their own bands at our local jazz clubs in support of their albums anytime soon, but at least two of them are no strangers to the Jazz Showcase bandstand in Chicago. Continue Reading →

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Unanswered questions still cloud police shooting of T.T. Franklin

 

 

The Star Tribune’s headline of May 18, 2013: “Sources: Burglary suspect fired shots that injured Minneapolis Officers.” What about the shots that killed the “suspect,” Terrance Terrill Franklin? Why, when surrounded by five SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) officers and a K-9 unit dog, was he not tasered instead? How could he so easily wound two Minneapolis police officers with one of their own guns? I’m as puzzled as others, and, like them, raise obvious questions the Star Tribune does not raise or address. We wonder who “the sources” are for the Star Tribune. Continue Reading →

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The Ku Klux Klan in 86 years lynched 3,446 — Abortions accomplish this number in four days

 

 

“My name is Dan Zimmerman. Over the last three years I have done a significant amount of research on abortion in Minnesota and its effects on women. The research has revealed frightening things both about abortion and the leading abortion provider, Planned Parenthood (almost one million abortions in the last three years). I found that many have been misled by statements made by organizations that stand to gain by promoting abortion. An organization called the Justice Foundation invited women who have regretted their abortions to connect with them, and over 3,000 responded with their stories of great regret. Continue Reading →

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New research shows Blacks cope better than others with early childhood adversity

News Analysis

By Michelle Lawrence

Contributing Writer

 

From ancient philosophers and mystics to modern skeptics and intellectuals alike, the topic of human suffering has spanned the ages and continues to be the source of great contemplation and debate. Why does human suffering exist? Of course I do not pretend to know the answer, but what I do know is that research shows that African American people tend to have a coping mechanism that protects them against the effects of early childhood suffering and defends them against cognitive deterioration in adulthood. According to Lisa L. Barnes, Ph.D., of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and her colleagues, the biological basis of the protective effect of adversity in older African Americans is unknown. Last December, Rush University Medical Center researchers found that older African Americans who experienced adversity and suffering in their younger years lost their cognitive powers at a slower rate than White Americans who experienced similar childhood circumstances. Continue Reading →

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As a Black president, Barack Obama is a bust

 

 

If Barack Obama isn’t going to have Black issues high among his priorities, what was the point of America making such a big deal out of him being the first Black president? Indeed, why did Black voters turn out in record numbers to put him in the White House? Just for the sake of being able to swell up their chests and point with pride to the fact that for the first time in history there’s an African American politician in the country’s most prestigious office? Just as a hollow, cosmetic gesture? The nation’s affirmative action poster boy? Continue Reading →

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Obama’s troubles aren’t comparable to ‘Watergate’

 

 

By George E. Curry

Guest Commentator

 

The Obama administration deserves to be richly criticized for surreptitiously obtaining the telephone records of reporters for the Associated Press, especially for bypassing court proceedings that would have allowed executives of the news organizations an opportunity to at least argue against releasing the documents. It was also wrong to single out conservative organizations for special IRS scrutiny. In case you haven’t noticed, the names of practically all Black professional organizations begin with the word “National.” That’s because most organizations bearing the name “American” — such as the American Bar Association and the American Dental Association — are professional groups that once barred Blacks from membership. That’s why we had to start our “National” organizations. If it’s okay to target conservative groups today, there is nothing to prevent a future president or IRS commissioner from targeting organizations with the word “National” in their name. Continue Reading →

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Should I take vitamins and other supplements?

Physician recommendations on taking vitamins seem to be constantly changing. Over the past few years, researchers have found that some vitamins thought to be helpful might not be as beneficial as originally believed. In fact, some may even be harmful. In the Iowa Women’s  Health Study, which tracked supplementation habits in women 55 years of age and older for nearly 20 years, research found that taking a multivitamin may increase the risk of premature death. Commonly, people take vitamins for general health or as a way to prevent disease, and on the surface this seems to make a lot of sense. Continue Reading →

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WNBA season preview

 

 

 

The 2013 WNBA season opened last weekend in Dickensian fashion — great expectations. “I think this is the most anticipated season for me,” proclaims ESPN analyst and former WNBA coach/general manager Carolyn Peck. SB Nation’s Nate Parham analyzed each W club, in 25 words or less, by conference, beginning with the East:

[New coach Mike Thibault] “will make a huge difference” in Washington, but unresolved ball-handling issues may prove too much. Atlanta still is Angel McCoughtry’s team, but point guard might be a problem. This year’s second overall pick, Elena Delle Donne, will help Chicago, but can the Sky overcome the early absence of star guard Epiphanny Prince, who contractually must play in Russia in June? Continue Reading →

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