Monthly Archives: June 2013

This Week’s Entertainment Spots

The Music

Amadou & Mariam with
Worldwide Discotheque DJs
Fri., June 28, 8 pm • Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-338-2674
or •
Grammy Award-nominated musical duo from Mali are back by popular
demand after their sold out Minnesota debut at The Cedar last summer.  

Vieux Farka Toure
Tues., July 9, 7:30 pm • Cedar Cultural Center,
416 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-338-2674 or •
Malian singer and guitarist



Live on the Drive 2013 with Chastity Brown
Thurs., July 11, 6-8 pm • 34th Ave. N. and Victory Memorial Parkway  •

Live on the Drive is a free community concert, outdoors

in North Minneapolis on the

beautiful Victory Memorial Parkway •

Celebrate by packing a picnic, bringing your family and inviting your friends •

Each concert is followed by a movie presented by Movies in the Park. Continue Reading →

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This year’s Twin Cities Jazz Festival offers plenty of affordable, quality entertainment

This weekend June 27-29 the 15th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival returns to St. Paul’s Mears Park. And the best thing is it’s free! Festival goers can expect to experience a wide spectrum of music presented on four outdoor stages and in many local Downtown St. Paul venues. Continue Reading →

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Twin Cities’ Own “Mint Condition” to perform at the 30th Annual Rondo Days Festival Celebration

R&B stalwarts Mint Condition will perform at the 30th Annual Rondo Days Festival Celebration on Saturday, July 20th at the Rondo Education Center’s Field at 560 Concordia Avenue in St. Paul. The festivities will begin with a 5K Walk & Run, a parade, and will be followed by the opening ceremonies featuring invited guests: Mayor Chris Coleman, Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter, Minnesota House of Representatives Rena Moran, and Rondo Days founders Marvin Roger Anderson and Floyd G. Smaller. In addition to Mint Condition, the entertainment will also feature other local artists, bands, dance and spoken-word performances. A schedule of entertainment and a listing of the artists is available at or

It was a banner year in 2012 for R&B’s hottest band, Mint Condition, who celebrated their 20th anniversary that year. Continue Reading →

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Even back in New York, Keith could not escape Lesli’s reach


The only thing Keith hated worse than taking off in an airplane was touching back down in one. He’d done this dozens of times but still couldn’t get used to it. As the ground got bigger and drew closer, Keith wondered, every single time, what would happen if they don’t put the brakes on in time. They did, of course, put the brakes on in time. Every time. Continue Reading →

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Why government spying? Because you are the enemy!

The recent revelations that the government is storing all — that’s right, all — of our phone calls and emails and general communication ought to give us all cause to pause. Why would our government want to spy on everyone? Surely it is our friend! And why the indifference about it in the Black community? In fact, why are our so-called leaders silent? Continue Reading →

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Equity director hired for Vikings stadium project

For communities of color, he is now the most significant player

Congratulations to Alex Tittle on being appointed equity director for the Vikings stadium by the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority (MSFA), as announced Friday, June 14. Welcome, Mr. Tittle, to an historic task. A nine-year Army veteran (company commander and platoon leader) and interim director of the Office of Civil Rights, MN Department of Transportation, Mr. Tittle, will now be the most significant player on the Minnesota civil rights stage. I urge Mr. Tittle to read the results of my research as reported in this paper regarding the lack of diversity, equity and fairness in Minneapolis and Minnesota hiring (archived on my website). I urge Mr. Tittle to hold hearings, as authorized by the stadium legislation, in order for all to see whether plans submitted regarding equity commitment execution are actually followed. Continue Reading →

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Avoid the ‘Colored entrance’ to White-owned businesses

By Harry C. Alford

Guest Commentator


For the most part, corporate America employees are satisfied with their careers. There is usually a chart to review in terms of responsibility. Is the employee moving up the “ladder” and heading towards more executive responsibility? That is correlated with salary. The greater the responsibility, the greater the pay and the less tolerance for any errors or bad judgment. Continue Reading →

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Minneapolis Civil Rights to post monitored construction projects online


Public now privy to who is meeting workforce goals and who is not
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer



The Minneapolis Civil Rights Department has made public the monitoring list of city-based construction projects. City of Minneapolis workforce goals are 32 percent minority and six percent female. “We will publish it monthly” on the department’s website, announced City Assistant Contract Compliance Director Michael McHugh last week of the 57 projects currently being monitoring for people of color and female workers. “It is to make sure

that the contractors who are doing work with the City are being accountable to meet the participation goal that’s set for them.”

Each project is graded using three grades: meeting committed goals (M), not meeting goals (NM), and too new to grade (TN). “At the beginning of the project [and] before they actually start work on the project, they state to us what they are going to perform as far as their [workforce] participation goals,” continued McHugh. Continue Reading →

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