Monthly Archives: September 2013

MPD defies the laws of probability

Four hundred and thirty-nine consecutive batters for a baseball team went to the plate, and everyone of them walked — could this happen? No, it could not. It’s not statistically possible, unless a member of the batting team was the umpire and calling the balls and strikes in favor of the batters. Minneapolis Police Department — 439, citizens zero: final score, 439 to zero. The police pitch the shutout! Continue Reading →

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Black Press still ‘delivering news for and about Blacks’

An interview with the national Black newspaper assn. board chair
By Kam Williams
Contributing Writer


Cloves C. Campbell, Jr., is publisher of the Arizona Informant, a family-owned and operated newspaper that provides an important voice for the African American community in Arizona. This year it celebrates 42 years of publishing. Currently, he serves as board chair of the National Newspaper Publishers’ Association (NNPA), “a 73-year-old federation of more than 200 Black community newspapers from across the United States,” according to their website ( ).  

As a Phoenix native, Campbell’s personal commitment and knowledge of the community in which he grew up shows throughout his work. Continue Reading →

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15 years of Afropean Soul at the Dakota with Les Nubians



by Junauda Petrus
Contributing Writer

“My daughter surprised me with tickets to your show tonight. I used to play your albums for her when she was a girl,” confided an excited fan to Helene Foussart, one half of Les Nubians after their performance at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. “Now she is bringing me to see you all perform. It has come full circle!”

The woman’s daughter spoke to the way their music had inspired and shaped her as a young woman. Helene with a disarmingly warm smile, hugged each woman with intense gratitude.  Humbled by the impact of their music reflected in the appreciation of two generations of fans. Continue Reading →

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‘Scheme of dreams’ unveiled post-Tubby

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Former University of Minnesota AD Joel Maturi once likened the rise in upgrading college athletic facilities to “an arms race.” However, it might be better termed as keeping up with the Joneses. Current U of M AD Norwood Teague pledged in July that he would be “aggressive and committed” to building a new on-campus athletic facility. “We need this,” he said of the $190 million proposed football, basketball and training facility. The “Taj Ma-Norwood” is much grander in scale than the promised practice facility that never came to former Gopher men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith while he was here. But somehow, just a few months after firing Smith, Teague can now unveil his privately-funded “Scheme of dreams.”

Somehow such dollars are finding their way to Gopherville now that a White coach is on the sidelines? Continue Reading →

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Pokey takes the Sky to the playoffs

Before this season began, Chicago was the only WNBA team not to have played in the post-season. That distinction ends next week when the Sky begins its first-ever second season as the Eastern Conference’s top seed. Drafting Elena Delle Donne as their first pick in April, the continued development of center Sylvia Fowles, and guard Epiphany Prince’s steady play are just three long paragraphs in the Sky’s season-long success story. But the league’s only Black female head coach and general manager deserves more than a passing notice. Before the season, some hinted that if Chicago didn’t advance this year, Pokey Chatman’s job might be in jeopardy. Continue Reading →

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Xcel Energy Foundation awards education grant to BDPA youth tech programs


On behalf of the Xcel Energy Foundation, Marsha Connor, communications consultant-web, Xcel Energy, recently presented a $5,000 educational grant check from the Xcel Energy Foundation to the Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) Twin Cities Chapter to help BDPA’s youth technology programs.

Accepting the check was Dorothy Richburg, vice president of strategy and planning for the BDPA Twin Cities Chapter and president of Keystone Computers, Joseph Richburg, vice president of finance, BDPA, and Cushmeer Haines, president, BDPA Twin Cities. BDPA programs focus on education designed to spark student involvement in the Professional Development, High School Computer Competition, and Mentoring programs that aid in the personal and professional development of high school students. The high school students learned web programming, digital technology, and recently returned from participating in the national high school computer programming competition held in Washington, D.C.

The BDPA Twin Cities chapter typically partners with local businesses such as Xcel Energy. This partnership provides programs that increase the technical capabilities of BDPA’s membership and the local community. Xcel Energy volunteers include Connor, Lacy Lee Johnson and Jeandre Williams, Business Systems. Connor, along with Johnson and Williams, has represented Xcel Energy on the BDPA Marketing committee. Continue Reading →

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Helen and Keith make a deal

Their food came. Keith studied his plate of spaghetti and meatballs, dropped the napkin over his lap and began playing in the plate, nudging strands around with his fork. Muttered, “Nothing’s the end of the damned world.”

She reached in her shoulder bag, handed him a folder. “Go home. Any questions about these charts, call me. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

Ab Soul 

Fri., Sept. 13, 10 pm • The Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave, Mpls., 612-338-6425 or •

Top Dawg EnT rapper who, along with Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolBoy Q, is a member of Black Hippy • with Metasota, Audio Perm and AlienzOnly






Mobb Deep  

Fri., Sept. 13,  9 pm • Epic Event Center, 110 5th St N, Mpls., 612-332-3742 or • The duo is one of the most critically acclaimed hardcore hip hop groups • with ALCHEMIST, Bloody James and Boogz Boogetz










Rich Homie Quan

Fri., Sept. 15,  10 pm • Epic Event Center, 110 5th St N, Mpls., 612-332-3742 or • Some Type of Way Tour hosted by DOLO 18+








A Brown Tale

Sept. 12-22 • Penumbra Theatre, 270 North Kent St., St. Continue Reading →

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H.I.T returns

The H.I.T is back after an extended break. I and the majority of the investigators took sometime off to bring the next generation into this world, but we are back now. First I want everyone to read Jerry Freeman’s book In a Kick-Ass Sentimental Mood. The book is a very good read. I was initially scared to read it when I saw that it was over 700 pages long, but I was pleasantly surprised with how good it was and how it stayed true to Jerry’s social justice ideology. Continue Reading →

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