Monthly Archives: January 2014

This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

Universal Dance Destiny 9th Holiday Showcase 2014

Fri., Jan. 31, 7 pm (doors open at 6:30)

In its 9th consecutive year, Universal Dance Destiny and Ministry presents a talent showcase that ignites the spirit of “unity” in the “community” while paving the way for new upcoming performers and celebrating the work of those who are seasoned! Cost: $6 for kids, $8 for adults, and $7 seniors/students

Brookdale Fellowship Hall, 5139 Brookdale Blvd., Brooklyn Center

Call 612-354-6997 or go to



Debbie Duncan

Thu., Jan. 30, 6 pm

Hell’s Kitchen

80 S. 9th St., Minneapolis

Go to or call 612-332-4700



Dom Kennedy

Mon., Feb. 3, 8:30 pm

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Kente Circle: new location, same quality work

By Brandon Jones

Contributing Writer


There is a new organization on the corner of E. 38th Street and S. 4th Avenue in Minneapolis, although the organization itself has been around for some time now. It’s called Kente Circle, LLC, and on January 15 Kente Circle opened its new doors to the community to come and see their new location and learn more about the organization itself. Kente Circle is a mental health agency specializing in providing individual, couples, family, and group therapy to clientele living in Minneapolis-St. Paul and surrounding communities. While the location is new, the organization has been in the neighborhood for several years. Continue Reading →

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Phasing Out: the new way to retire

As an HR business partner, I have noticed how many employees were opting to gradually move toward retirement rather than immediate retirement. Over the years, I have seen many of my peers experience uncertainty when closing this chapter. Gradually closing this phase of life or transitioning out of the workforce seems to alleviate much of this angst. This phasing out or transitioning out of the workforce is commonly called a phased-out retirement. Phased-out retirements are a broad range of employment arrangements that allow an employee who is approaching retirement age to continue working with a reduced workload and eventually transition from full-time work to full-time retirement. Continue Reading →

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Eyelid twitching is common, usually harmless

But when might it call for a visit to your doctor?  







Doctor, my eyelids have been twitching lately. What’s going on?  


Small, uncontrolled eyelid twitches lasting just a few minutes are very common. The medical term for this is blepharospasm. For the most part, these involuntary eyelid twitches are harmless. Sometimes the twitching can occur, off and on, over several days. Blepharospasm of this type may be associated with fatigue, stress, lack of sleep, excessive caffeine intake, physical exertion, or any combination of these. 

Sometimes, but rarely, the twitching can last weeks or even months. Continue Reading →

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Learning the White way, knowing the African way








“Nothing surpasses your writings! You shall love books more than your mother. No Scribe is ever in want and he is valued for his understanding.” 

(Ancient Kemetic Teaching 2nd book of Khepra)


Going back many years in my memory, I hear the deep anguish in my mother’s voice as she spoke of not being able to read or write. Even as I write today, at this moment, the pain is with me. It is a deep pain that intensifies as I reflect on the interconnectedness of reading, writing and intelligence in this society. Continue Reading →

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Women coaching men — can they? Will they?







Fourth in a series
Six women were full-time Division I men’s basketball assistants during an eight-year stretch from 2003 to 2011. Before that (1990-2002), there were three female assistants, two of them Black — Bernadette Mattox at Kentucky, 1990-94, and Stephanie Ready at Coppin State, 1999-2001. None, however, were ever fired as men’s assistants. Mattox went on to become Kentucky’s head women’s basketball coach, then eight years as a WNBA assistant. Ready later coached two years in the NBA Development League (2001-03) and became the first female to coach in a men’s pro league. Continue Reading →

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In a chilly Super Bowl XLVIII, it’s Seahawks vs. Broncos

HONOLULU — The first-ever non-conference Pro Bowl number 34 in Hawaii was won by Team Rice 22-21 in the lowest scoring Pro Bowl since 2006 when defense took center stage. The game was played in a steady rain in 70-degree temperatures. Because of the rain, there were eight turnovers, six interceptions and nine sacks. Players had a tough time getting a grip on the ball. The game was a turnover fest, but it was one of the most competitive Pro Bowls in recent years. Continue Reading →

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High school teammates meet again — on opposing teams








By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


LaShay Holt and Annessa Hicks played together for one year at St. Paul Humboldt High School. Holt was a freshman and Hicks was a senior. Their prep careers almost mirror each other: Both finished their high-school careers as 1,000-point scorers and were named the St. Paul City Conference MVP in their respective senior seasons. Continue Reading →

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Local civil rights leader Matthew Little passes



By Dwight Hobbes
Contributing Writer

Matt Little is gone, leaving a legendary legacy. He was widely renowned and will be well remembered as a Civil Rights Era icon who held a soul-deep commitment to empowering the African American community. Graduating North Carolina A&T State University in 1948, he relocated to the Twin Cities and, in 1954 became a board member of the Minneapolis NAACP, beginning a lifelong dedication to the organization. During his career, he was president of that chapter as well as president of the Minnesota state NAACP. Far from being a figurehead, Little was hands-on and counted among his most prized memories filing a federal lawsuit to integrate the Minneapolis Fire Department. Continue Reading →

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Richard Sherman’s post-game comments overblown by information bubbles




The information bubble-blowers are ever on the job. In case you forgot, an information bubble is produced oftentimes by the media, sending out information that confirms any misbeliefs fans already have about a certain person — and usually that person is Black. I watched Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman’s post-game comments. If you are among those who don’t know what the young man said, here is the gist of it:

“I’m the best cornerback in the game,” said Sherman. “When you try me with a sorry receiver like [San Francisco’s Michael] Crabtree, that’s the result you are going to get.”

Sherman afterwards has been called everything but a child of God. Continue Reading →

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