Monthly Archives: December 2013

A conversation with veteran actress Yolanda Ross

 

By Charles Hallman
Staff writer

 

Third in a multi-part series

 

Yolanda Ross made her lead screen debut in Stranger Inside, a 2001 HBO feature film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She made her stage debut seven years later as a member of New York’s Labyrinth Theater Company. Since then, the actress have appeared in a dozen films, and her television roles that has reached double figures as well, including five episodes of HBO’s Treme. She also had a couple of roles specifically written for her, such as a part in David Mamet’s The Unit. “I was shocked, thrilled, and thankful — I was really amazed,” said Ross in a recent MSR phone interview. Continue Reading →

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Had to watch Whitney Young beat Apple Valley on TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The biggest high school boys’ basketball game of the year, and I couldn’t make it. Parent-teacher conference duties as a social studies teacher at a St. Paul public high school prevented me from attending the Apple Valley-Chicago Whitney Young matchup featuring the nation’s top-ranked player in JAHLIL OKAFOR (Whitney Young) and No. 4-ranked TYUS JONES (Apple Valley). Jones, the No. Continue Reading →

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Buses, trains, bridges, highways: ‘It’s all about connecting people’

But are low-income people and people of color connecting with planners?  
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

The Metropolitan Council and Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) throughout the month of December have held town hall meetings around the Twin Cities metro area. “We know that jobs, businesses and our quality of life are going to depend upon this interconnected [transit] system,” proclaimed MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle at the December 10 meeting at St. Paul Union Depot. “It’s not just LRT (light rail transit) or fast lane or a county road. Continue Reading →

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‘Ordinary African American woman’ LisaGay Hamilton has an impressive acting resume

 

 

By Charles Hallman
Staff writer

Second in a multi-part series

Despite her impressive filmography, LisaGay Hamilton humbly points out that her name isn’t a household one. “I’m an ordinary African American woman,” she told the MSR in a recent phone interview. “Personally I am not exotic looking. I’m not curvaceous… I just have to be really great — really, really good.”

Hamilton nonetheless pointed out that she tries not to take acting jobs “just to make money. Continue Reading →

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Roosevelt prep star makes a hometown appearance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

The first time we spoke with Suriya McGuire was during her senior year at Roosevelt High School after she signed her letter of intent to attend the University of Miami to play basketball. At the time she was rated as a top-10 guard in the nation by two prep scouting reports. Earlier this month, when the 5’-11” McGuire, now a junior starting guard for the Hurricanes, played Minnesota in the annual Big Ten-ACC Challenge, she had 11 points, nine rebounds, a season-high five assists and two steals in a seven-point loss to the Gophers. She’s third on the team in scoring (10.3 ppg). The MSR talked with her afterwards. Continue Reading →

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The long walk to freedom ends

By Farai Diza

The AfricaPaper

Contributing Writer

 

QUNU, SOUTH AFRICA — Former South African president Nelson Mandela was finally laid to rest in his rural home of Qunu on Sunday at a high-profile funeral that attracted dignitaries from all corners of the globe who included his Royal Highness Prince Charles, Jesse Jackson, Hollywood celebrity Idriss Elba, Business magnate Richard Branson, Malawian president Joyce Banda, and famed U.S. talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey. Four thousand local and international journalists were accredited to cover the class-one funeral that is the highest honor in South Africa, and it was broadcast in over 100 countries. Mandela passed away a week ago at his Houghton home in Johannesburg after a long fight with a recurring lung infection, and his funeral was unarguably the biggest state funeral in world history. Mandela’s influence in Africa goes far beyond the borders of South Africa, and he is regarded across the continent as the father of democracy. Mandela stopped racism, apartheid and other controversies between the Whites and Blacks. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spots

The Steeles

• Wed., Dec .25, 8 pm

• Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis

• Call 612-332-1010 or go to www.dakotacooks.com

 

 

 

 

 

Permed Out Showcase IV

With Audio Perm, Psymun & K.Raydio, Bomba de Luz, James Franken, DJ Snuggles

• Fri., Dec. 20, 5 pm (all ages) and 10 pm (21+)

• Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis

• Call 612-333-7399 or go to www.triplerocksocialclub.com

 

 

Lizzo (record release)

• Sat., Dec. 28, 8 pm

• Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis

• Call 612-333-7399 or go to www.triplerocksocialclub.com

 

 

 

 

State Capitol LEGO® Model Display 

• See a monumental and detailed model of the Minnesota State Capitol made entirely of LEGO® bricks. Continue Reading →

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Black America must challenge harmful Democrat actions

In response to my column about what I believe to be the harms to Black Americans because of the Obama Care implementation, a woman with the initials P.N. called and told me that she has lost her insurance after eight years. With her old plan she paid $108 a month without a deductable. The woman now has to pay about $108 each month with a six thousand dollars deductable. Here is her reward of Obama Care. MnSURE advised the woman that they would continue her policy, but only if she would reduce her work hours to about 20 hours each week. Continue Reading →

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A great injustice: the death of T.T. Franklin

Why another farce of a police report?  
When the police version of the circumstances surrounding their May 10, 2013 basement shooting death of Terrance Terrill Franklin was published September 26, 2013, so-called leaders, Black and White, seemed to finally breathe a sigh of relief. Since writing four 2013 columns on Mr. Franklin’s death (May 22 and 29, June 12 and June 19), I have waited to see how protesters and defenders alike would express their opinions. Were opinions expressed truly passionate or just merit badges of protest or defense to wear in public and do nothing else? These protest and defense rituals have been too long the routines in this city and cities across the country. Continue Reading →

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