Two recent Twin Cities news stories — the trial of former St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez and verdict in the fatal shooting Philando Castile, and the family of Jamar Clark suing Minneapolis Police Officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze — highlight what has become all too commonplace here and across the country: African American lives selectively imperiled by … [Read more...]
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Ulrich Faircloth's Avoid Prepare Defend: 25 Essential Tips on How to Stay Safe From Crime (Self Defense Bros.) is, you might say, profound in its simplicity. He states the obvious and cites common sense, smart ideas when it comes the subject of personal safety. After all, in the matter of preserving life and limb, what's handier than realizing what you already know? For … [Read more...]
Zack Caligiuri's This Is Where I Am (University of Minnesota Press, $17.95) comes from a gifted author and would've worked with competent editing and a publishing house acting with integrity. Regrettably, this valuable volume suffers a disjointed rendering and worse, sensationalized publicity peddling a bill of goods: hawking the book as a prison memoir — … [Read more...]
North Minneapolis resident Cavis Adams is a full-time fire captain for the City of Minneapolis Fire and Rescue. He’s also a new author, having published the book Granddaddy last November. “I’ve always wanted to be a writer,” said Adams, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the University of Minnesota, and freelances as an English/Spanish medical interpreter … [Read more...]
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars performed live at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 6 W. 6th Street in St. Paul on February 10 to help raise funds so Books For Africa (BFA) can ship 22,000 school books to Sierra Leone in West Africa. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars was formed in 1997 in the Kalia Refugee Camp in Guinea, which borders Sierra Leone, by refugees who had fled … [Read more...]