Monthly Archives: June 2013

Keith discovers a whole new side of Lesli

 

 

Keith had poured himself some more coffee, went in the fridge and tossed a slice of ham in Bruno’s bowl, then took a calculating look around Lesli’s apartment. Decided the sofa should face the sunset. So he’d moved it. Her huge snake-plant would look better beside the picture window. So he’d moved that too. Continue Reading →

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Mayoral forum focused on Mpls communities of color — Candidates acknowledged inequities but lacked solutions

 

 

By Jamal Denman

Online Editor

 

On Thursday, June 6, the Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis hosted the One MPLS Mayoral Forum, giving candidate hopefuls the opportunity to address the questions and concerns of members of Minneapolis’ communities of color. Questions were collected from the audience before the start of the forum, and the candidates were randomly selected to answer each question. While it is assumed that the participants in the forum were made aware of the forum’s overriding theme, because of the candidates’ constant inability or unwillingness to directly answer questions posed to them it would not be hard to believe otherwise. The auditorium in the Sabathani Community Center was packed with a diverse crowd of community activists, politically active young people, and concerned citizens eager to hear what the people vying to become the next mayor of Minneapolis had to say. Mayoral candidates Mark Andrew, Jackie Cherryhomes, Betsy Hodges, Tony Lane, Doug Mann, Don Samuels, Gary Schiff, and Jim Thomas faced the 500-plus people in attendance and their questions that centered on addressing issues facing communities of color. Continue Reading →

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Cherryhomes trashed Fifth Ward’s records — Missing files raised questions of impropriety, legality

 

By Jerry Freeman

Community Editor

 

In view of former city council president Jackie Cherryhomes’ return to the political scene with her current mayoral campaign, we are reprinting, with the author’s permission, this story that appeared on MSR’s  front page March 7, 2002, five months after Natalie Johnson Lee replaced Cherryhomes as the Fifth Ward’s council member. 

 

When Minneapolis City Council Member Natalie Johnson Lee came to her City Hall office January 3 [2002], newly elected and ready to assume her duties, she expected to find the Fifth Ward’s records there, records she needed to brief and prepare herself. Instead, she found a desk, a blank computer, and a small cardboard box containing eight thin files. Certain there had to be more, Johnson Lee began opening the banks of file cabinets lined up outside her office. They were all empty. She asked Billy Binder, former aide to former council president Jackie Cherryhomes, where the ward’s files might be. Continue Reading →

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Schools seek remedies to racial suspension gap

 

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Black students nationwide are suspended at least twice more frequently than any other student group and up to three times more often in many Twin Cities metro area urban and suburban school districts. However, school officials say that they are working on reducing Black suspension rates using a variety of strategies. “I cannot speak for all districts, but I can tell you that we have worked extremely hard in Anoka-Hennepin to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of all students of color,” stated Anoka-Hennepin spokesperson Mary Olson. The district had a nearly 33 percent Black suspension rate in 2011-12 while only 10 percent of its overall student population is Black. Anoka-Hennepin has been using cultural competency and culturally responsive teaching strategies by the Seattle-based Gary Howard Equity Institute for nearly four years, added Olson. Continue Reading →

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St. Paul’s Montgomery earns international honor — Award recognizes her mentoring of women police officers

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Deborah Montgomery’s longtime mentoring and community leadership will be formally recognized later this year. The International Association of Women Police (IAWP) in April selected Montgomery, a 28-year veteran St. Paul police officer (1975-2003), for its 2013 Heritage Award and will honor her at their annual training conference September 21-26 in Durban, South Africa. The award is given to an individual with “substantial and significant contributions to women police,” wrote St. Paul Board President Angie Holt in her congratulations letter to Montgomery. Continue Reading →

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After speaking about education, John Legend gives brief performance

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

The first time I saw and heard John Legend live was during a one-song performance at a Super Bowl eve concert in Detroit in 2006. He then sang his breakout hit “Ordinary People” pretty straight to the vest. The second time was a bit longer than the first, but not better. Unlike the song’s “Take it slow” refrain, the nine-time Grammy Award winner acted more like he had a plane to catch with his subdued 25-minute-barely performance at St. Paul’s Fitzgerald Theatre May 22. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!

 

 
The Music
 

 
Taj Weekes and Adowa
Fri., June 14, 8 pm • First Avenue & 7th St. Entry, 701 N. 1st Ave., Mpls., 612-338-8388 or http://first-avenue.com • St. Lucia native Taj Weekes and his band Adowa blend elements of acoustic roots rock and afro-folk simplicity. The band’s vibrant sound has garnered critical acclaim and a wide audience across the globe. • With Dred I Dread. Continue Reading →

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Only Ones are common in the sport of baseball

 

 

 

Baseball supposedly is the all-American game, but today it looks more like apartheid:  Whites watch a game mainly played by White players, while most of the Blacks at the ballpark are not fans but concession workers. It’s like that at Minnesota Twins and St. Paul Saints games, and at Big Ten college baseball games as well. At last month’s Big Ten baseball tournament, Justin Cureton and I became unintentional kindred spirits. He was the only Black player on the field for the Big Ten regular season and soon-to-become tournament champion Indiana, and this reporter was the only Black in the press box. Continue Reading →

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Here we go — Finals even 1-1!

 

 

MIAMI — Covering my 25th NBA Finals and the very last for legendary Commissioner David Stern, I have to be prepared for the unexpected, like being in the middle of tropical storm Andrea, which caused flooding in many areas of south Florida. Stern, after 30 years on the job, suggested at his final news conference that the Miami vs. San Antonio match-up is the most anticipated NBA Finals in 30 years. He does know his basketball, and he has done a remarkable job of improving the product and the global demand of the NBA. When you consider that 215 countries are enjoying the Finals in 47 languages, Stern might be right. Continue Reading →

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