Monthly Archives: January 2014

This Week’s Entertainment Spots

Patti Labelle

Sat., Jan.25, 8 pm  Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

2400 Mystic Lake Blvd, Prior Lake  C

all 952-496-6563 or go to www.mysticlake.com

Cost: $54-$62

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dennis Spears

Fri., Jan 31, 8 pm

Cost: $10

 

 

 

 

 

 

#Mpls

January 31, 11:30 pm

Cost: $5

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cedar Ave. Fire Benefit

Fri., Jan. 24, 6 pm

The Cedar, Augsburg and KFAI are hosting a fire benefit concert to raise funds for the victims and their families of the New Years Day fire at 516 Cedar Ave S. Please note: there will be no Cedar guest list for this benefit. Everyone that wishes to attend will have to purchase a ticket. Advance tickets are highly recommended as this benefit is likely to sell out. Continue Reading →

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America’s Great Outdoors initiative connects kids and vets to environmental jobs

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss

Contributing Writers

 

President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum in April 2010 establishing the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to promote and support innovative community-level efforts to conserve outdoor spaces and reconnect Americans to the outdoors. The memorandum calls for collaboration among the Departments of Interior and Agriculture as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House’s own Council on Environmental Quality in leading the initiative. Eight other federal agencies play a supporting role, and literally thousands of other partners from state, local and tribal governments, nonprofits and the private sector are involved as well. Getting young people, especially city kids, into the outdoors to experience our country’s unique natural heritage is a top priority of America’s Great Outdoors. Before pursuing any specific strategies, initiative leaders solicited feedback from everyday Americans as to what mattered most to them regarding conservation and access to the outdoors. Continue Reading →

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Talented Black female coaches await their chance

 

A new U of M Tucker Center report has found that about 75 percent of all collegiate women’s team coaching openings in the last two years has been filled by men. A male coach replaces a male coach in 34 of 66 women’s team vacancies, but in only 10 vacancies does a female replace a female. The report, titled “Head Coaches of Women’s Collegiate Teams,” shows a “historical decline in the percentage of women head coaches in the 40+ years following the passage of Title IX” in 1974, and graded 76 institutions. Only one, Cincinnati, got an A because 80 percent of the school’s women teams are coached by women. Eight schools got B’s, and 27 schools, including Minnesota, got C’s. Continue Reading →

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Vikings hire Mike Zimmer as head coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

After 35 years as an assistant coach, the dream of Mike Zimmer finally comes through. He succeeds Leslie Frazier as the ninth head coach in Minnesota Vikings history. Zimmer has been patient, waiting and trusting that the right opportunity would come his way. Zimmer has worked the last six years in Cincinnati as the defensive coordinator. He’s 57 years old and has served as a defensive coordinator with Dallas, Atlanta and Cincinnati. Continue Reading →

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Reflections on a magical year for Gopher women’s hoops

 

 

 

 

 

Only one time in Gopher women’s basketball history has the team been among the final four teams standing after a long season. A reunion of those players at a recent Gopher’s game provided an opportunity for some pleasant reminiscing. The MSR is the only Twin Cities weekly to consistently cover the Gopher women for at least four decades, beginning with the late Kwame McDonald in the 1970s; then this reporter joined him in the late 1980s. While other local media have totally ignored the program, we always were there. Then came 2004. Continue Reading →

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Jones’ shot at the buzzer lifts Washburn over North

With four seconds remaining, Minneapolis Washburn guard JEFF JONES, the state’s Mr. Football, received the inbounds pass, dribbled quickly across half court, and launched a one-handed, running three-point shot that careened successfully off the backboard as the buzzer sounded, giving the Millers a thrilling 73-71 City Conference boys’ basketball victory over first-place North.  

 

 

 

 

Mpls Washburn vs. Mpls North

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

The victory, witnessed by a capacity crowd at North, opened up the race for the conference title and confirmed that basketball in Minneapolis is back on the rise. Washburn appeared to be in control, taking a 44-33 lead behind the sharpshooting of EVAN SHEPHERD, who finished with a game-high 24 points and Jones, who added 22. Continue Reading →

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Alarming ‘retirement racial divide’ could leave millions of Black elders at risk

AARP pushes for state retirement savings plan to bridge the gap
By Charles Hallman Staff Writer Are working-age Blacks and other people of color preparing themselves for retirement? A new study by the National Institute of Retirement Security (NIRS) claims a “racial divide” exists in establishing retirement savings. The nonprofit NIRS, based in Washington, D.C., released last month “Race and Retirement Insecurity in the United States.” In a press release, report author and NIRS Research Manager Nari Rhee said, “I’m alarmed by the severity of the retirement racial divide. It’s well documented that regardless of race, the typical working-age American household is far off-track toward accumulating sufficient savings to meet their basic needs in retirement. “We find an even worse situation for Blacks, Latinos and Asians,” continued Rhee. Continue Reading →

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Donna Brazile keynote speaker at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

 

During the keynote address for the 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) breakfast on January 20, 2014 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Donna Brazile, a veteran political strategist, adjunct professor, author and syndicated columnist, talked about the greatness of Dr. King and his commitment to service beginning in his teenage years. Brazile told the MSR that she will no longer work any political campaigns because of her current role with the Democratic National Committee, where she serves as the vice chair of voter registration and participation.  

Photo and caption by James L. Stroud, Jr. Continue Reading →

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Coaches, teammates help Texas native adjust to North Country

 

 

 

 

 

 
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. In an occasional series throughout the 2013-14 school and sports year, the MSR will highlight these players. This week: Freshman Gopher basketball guard Stabresa McDaniel

 

Stabresa McDaniel is used to getting “the most attention” as one of six siblings in her family. “I actually like being the youngest,” she admits. “My older siblings say I’m spoiled — I get away with a lot of things.”

Leaving both the Lone Star State and her family hasn’t been as hard as one might expect for the youngest McDaniel. Continue Reading →

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My Country ‘Tis of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future

Ellison’s bio a cutting-edge tale of resisting bias religious and racial
 
By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer

 

Unequivocally a singular success, Congressional Rep. Keith Ellison is one of the more fascinating figures in contemporary politics — indeed, an unprecedented, historic presence. Anyone who doesn’t believe he’s capable of becoming the second Black president of these United States needs merely consider this: How likely was it that with the country still rankling from 9/11, he accomplished a virtually unthinkable feat — becoming the first Muslim elected to Congress? My Country ‘Tis of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future (Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing, $25) is a newly published memoir cum biography and, whether you admire or abhor his consistently controversial stands on hot-button issues — for instance, the proposed mosque at ground zero, downtown Manhattan site of Al-Kaida’s 2001 terrorist attack on America — the book is a significant, definitively informing work that belongs in the library of every American — Black, White, Brown, Muslim, Protestant, Catholic, whatever — who wishes to know what he or she is talking about when they discuss the consequence of Keith Ellison. It should surprise no one that a significant amount of the material here concerns itself with Ellison’s devotion to his religion. Along with being the first Muslim to hold his office, he historically is strongly vocal about Muslim Americans getting a fair shake in society. Continue Reading →

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