Monthly Archives: November 2013

Upcoming TV show to address media neglect of women’s sports

Almost half of all athletes are women, but not even five percent are shown in this country’s media. This is expected to be discussed in the upcoming U of M Tucker Center-TPT2 co-produced Media Coverage and Female Athletes on Channel 2 this Sunday, December 1, at 7 pm. Tucker Center Associate Director Nicole LaVoi told the MSR during her group’s 20th-year celebration in October that the show features interviews with academic types, coaches, players and the media. Sadly, this longtime women’s sports reporter wasn’t contacted, but if I had been I would have easily pointed to these examples:

Only two women’s games were shown on ESPN’s college basketball 24-hour tip-off live telecasts despite the availability of three of their eight channels for use during that time. Fox Sports North shows every Timberwolves game live and replays them at least twice afterwards but annually only shows six Minnesota Lynx games — with no repeats. Continue Reading →

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A mother’s lesson leads to feeding hundreds for Thanksgiving

Oak Park Center helps those whose food dollars are stretched to the limits
 
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Debra Chavis, back in 2005, was instructed to serve the community — an instruction that came from her mother. Chavis’ mother suggested she provide “an authentic Thanksgiving dinner for the community with the real turkey, real ham, real cornbread dressing, fresh collard greens — like the meal we have in our own house” each November. As the director of the Oak Park Neighborhood Center in North Minneapolis, Chavis now fulfils her mother’s request. “We made everything from scratch — it was 199 people [who attended] that [first] year, and it went really well. “The volunteers of that event were my brothers and sisters,” recalls Chavis. Continue Reading →

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Free Angela provides a brilliant, invaluable look into America’s history

 

Movie Review

By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer

 

It is sad to see how complacent we Black people have grown since the 1960s. The bourgeoisie blithely transitioned from a populace who once vowed “We Will Overcome” to a generation whose abiding principle now is “I have overcome.” You’d scarcely believe there was a time when Black America was determined to revolt against entrenched, institutionalized racism by, as Malcolm X said, any means necessary. This country’s rulers realized back then that the bill had come due. Too many African Americans were longer shuffling along, head bowed, yassuhing and no ma’aming. Too many had their shoulders squared, braced to put their feet in the nation’s behind. Continue Reading →

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NLI signing day for top hoopsters

For former Minneapolis North boys’ basketball standout RICO ALEXANDER, November 12, 2013 was a very special day. It wasn’t only because his daughter, 5-foot-6-inch girls’ basketball standout guard ALEXIS ALEXANDER (Champlin Park), was signing a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to attend South Dakota State University next year. It was also the fact that fellow AAU teammates KENISHA BELL (5’-8” guard, Bloomington Kennedy), CHASE COLEY (6’-3” forward, Minneapolis Washburn), TIA ELBERT (5’-7” guard, Tartan), TONOIA WADE (6’-1” forward, Bloomington Kennedy), and CAYLA MCMORRIS (6’-0 guard, Park Center) were also signing their NLIs. “I watched them develop into some fine ladies,” said Rico Alexander, who coached them in North Tartan’s AAU program. “I’m just so proud of them all.”

Bell, who signed with Marquette, averaged 12 points per game, leading Bloomington Kennedy to a runnerup Class 4A finish last spring. Continue Reading →

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Spotlight on the Gophers 100

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are approximately 100 African American and other student-athletes of color this school year at the University of Minnesota. Beginning this week and throughout the 2013-14 school and sports year, the MSR will highlight these players. This week: Freshmen soccer players Simone Kolander and Rashida Beal

Soccer is an always-in-motion game, demanding tip-top conditioning from its players.  But it is also a low-scoring game. It wasn’t a “Rainy Night in Georgia” but rather a cold, rainy Friday night in October at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium, the home of the Gophers’ women soccer team, better known as “the Robbie” on Minnesota’s St. Paul Campus. Continue Reading →

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Building the ‘Buy Black’ movement in Minnesota

Local entrepreneurs discuss challenges, offer solutions
 
News Analysis

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

The idea for the recent MSR multi-part Black business series first came last year during a conversation with Twin Cities Black Film Festival Founder-Director Natalie Morrow. She decried the seemingly low support from Blacks for such annual events as hers. MSR Editor-in-Chief Vickie Evans Nash later agreed with Morrow’s assertion and assigned me to investigate and report on how true or not true it is. Over the course of several months, after causal and on-record conversations with several local Black business owners, we produced the series beginning in late September. Rather than ask about how financially successful these business persons are, the MSR instead inquired why they chose to start their own businesses, any unforeseen obstacles they may have faced and overcome, new challenges they currently face, and what advice and tips they might offer to anyone who might be thinking of becoming a business owner. Continue Reading →

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Philippine disaster an opportunity for racist propaganda

The disaster in the Philippines brought by typhoon Yolanda (their name for Haiyan) exposes the weakness of a civilization built on the principle of profit above people. The system that celebrates the free market — which in reality ain’t so free for the poor folks of the world — is totally inept when our societies have to turn from the business of making money to simply helping humanity. It even exposes the lies that its mouthpieces tell to keep us separated. Is anyone surprised that it has taken so long to get help to the Philippines? In a world in which people are put before profits it would have mobilized immediately. Continue Reading →

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Chief Janeé Harteau is doing a good job

No need to replace her
 
Minneapolis celebrates the election of its second female in the history of City Government, Betsy Hodges, bringing discussion about her representing diversity balance. Really? How, when for the next four years there will neither be an African American nor Native American on the City Council? This is another reason why it is surprising that less than a week after her announced victory the first rumors about change to emerge from City Hall was considering replacing Police Chief Janeé Harteau with an assistant police chief from Seattle, Washington. Why are she and her advisors so politically tone deaf? Continue Reading →

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