Monthly Archives: December 2013

Metrodome farewells



The Minnesota Vikings’ final game in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome ironically ended in the same fashion as did their first-ever game there in 1982 — with a close win over division rival Detroit. After Sunday’s stadium-closing finale, the MSR obtained some final thoughts on the soon-to-be-closed Dome. “It meant a lot to me,” said KMOJ sports reporter Sam Williams after seeing his name on the big stadium “dome-o-gram” electronic message board during Sunday’s game. “I’ve covered the Vikings for about 16 years, and to have my name on the marquee for the very last time, why wouldn’t you love it? I love it,” admitted Williams. “It was great.”

Marcus Sherels set a single-season team record with the highest punt return average (15.2). Continue Reading →

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Memorable musical moments from 2013


People have a huge thirst for connection. How well a song or an experience stays with you can be as easy as answering the question, does this art have resonance, or not? If I were to put together a musically inspired compilation of this year’s wide sampling of recorded music that I’ve heard and the live music that I’ve experienced this year, it would include an amazing group of talented artists who continue to challenge themselves as they give us something creative and personal. As I surf the memories of my mind from this year I can’t help but start at the beginning. To kick off 2013 in spectacular fashion was Minneapolis native and Blue Note Records artist Jose James who performed music
from his album No Beginning No End. Continue Reading →

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Ford Foundation’s new president: ‘This is not about our brand’

Favors ‘programs…informed by those affected whom we seek to empower’
Editor’s Note: In September, 2013, Darren Walker (DW) became the second African American and 10th president of the Ford Foundation, America’s second largest philanthropy organization with $500 million in annual giving. After a stint in international law and banking, Walker served as the COO of a nonprofit agency in New York before moving to the foundation world, first arriving at the Rockefeller Foundation before being tapped to fill a vice president slot at Ford in 2010. He was interviewed in his New York office by Khalil Abdullah, national reporter for New America Media (NAM). NAM: What excites you most about taking on the presidency of the Ford Foundation? DW: I have a chance to make a difference by leading a remarkable institution committed to social justice when the very notion of social justice is being contested. Continue Reading →

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Dome memories — of miseries

  During the countdown to this Sunday’s Vikings-Detroit Lions season finale — the last game at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, whose doors first opened in 1982 but will close forever next month — endless “Dome memories” stories will be read and heard ad nauseam. Instead of memories, this final “Another View” column of 2013 will share, in no particular order, our Dome miseries:
1) First game ever: watched a Detroit-Twins baseball game in 1982 and couldn’t find the ball because of the all-white fabric roof. 2) The Timberwolves played their first season there and artificially inflated their attendance to set a record. 3) Denied access to the Twins clubhouse during the playoffs despite having a season-long media pass — forced to interview Torii Hunter in the hallway as a result
4) Complained after hearing two former Black Twins players justify why a song with the N-word blasted away after a game; my complaint column forced the team to institute a song-playing policy during media-access periods. 5) Constant snubs by the Twins media relations staff. Continue Reading →

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The Mandela paradox


The passing of Nelson Mandela left many of us with a paradox. The heads of U.S. and European imperialism praise him. The very same governments that helped prop up Apartheid. Oh yes they indeed did, just check the records of how many corporations from those countries did business with apartheid South Africa even after it was revealed the day-to-day reality of the former racist, murderous and disenfranchising regime. The U.S. went as far as to use its CIA to help capture Mandela. Continue Reading →

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Minneapolis NAACP on the move?


Congratulations to the Rev. Jerry McAfee, newly elected president of the Minneapolis branch of the NAACP, and to the new board members. This is an auspicious time. We just celebrated the life of Nelson Mandela, a man who proved a Black man can be a success as president of a country with both Blacks and Whites. Along with Archbishop Tutu’s “ubuntu,” he demonstrated that “truth” and “reconciliation” are more than slogans: they are action paths to unity. Minneapolis needs unity and reconciliation within the Black community and between White and Black people and institutions. Continue Reading →

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Early mammograms can save African American women


By Katherine Hough

Contributing Writer


Working at the Breast Health Center and seeing how many African American women come in for breast screening in comparison to White women saddens me. I see 80 percent more White women than African American biweekly. Studies have shown that though White women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, it is African American women who have the highest death rates of breast cancer. Though this is shocking to many, the CDC has found that African American women are 41 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than Caucasian women even though they have a lower incidence rate. After numerous years of research, it has been found that the primary reason African American women are more likely to die of breast cancer is because they are more likely to get screened later and the cancer is detected at a time when it is irreversible. Continue Reading →

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2013: The Right’s war on Christmas continues

For the past decade now, when this holiday season rolls around we can always count on a yearly kerfuffle from someone from the Right — the continuing war on Christmas. That this annual present comes this year from a host on Fox News is no surprise. On her recent show The Kelly File, Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly ignited a conflagration when she stated that both Jesus and Santa Claus are White. Kelly’s assertion was a response to Aisha Harris’s (African American, and Slate culture blogger) contestation that the commercial image of Santa Claus, in this day and age, should no longer be a White man, but rather a penguin. ”Two decades later, America is less and less White, but a melanin-deficient Santa remains the default in commercials, mall casting calls, and movies. Continue Reading →

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Doctor’s Advice: BEST OF 2013

Dr. Crutchfield asks that we rerun this column from our March 21 issue as his favorite of the year.Watch for continuing “Advice” columns on these pages and on the MSR website in 2014.  


Question: Dr. Crutchfield, my daughter has acne. Won’t she just outgrow it, or should we treat it?  

Why should anyone care about treating acne? 

Acne is a very common skin condition that affects over 90 percent of people in their lives. At a time when adolescents are developing a strong sense of self, self-worth, value and identity, acne not only contributes to low self-esteem, but can also cause long-term and permanent scars on the skin. Continue Reading →

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