“So I made it to Harvard!" Rihanna said playfully with a swing of her ponytail. "Never thought I’d be able to say that in my life, but it feels good.” On Tuesday, Feb. 28, the pop singer accepted the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations. Students packed into Sanders Theatre to witness the 29-year-old … [Read more...]
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Their late mother would be proud of Rance Allen and his two brothers — the three oldest of her 12 children. Rance and his brothers Tom and Steve, the Rance Allen Group, are an example of how family togetherness, talent and purpose can create an enduring legacy. “[Our mother] taught us more than anything…to be there for each [other] and to be together to accomplish our goals, … [Read more...]
January 20 is a day that many hip hop lovers remember fondly. Twenty-five years ago on that day, Compton rapper Ice Cube released the classic hip hop song “It Was a Good Day.” Over a sample of “Footsteps In The Dark” by the Isley Brothers, Cube describes a good day as not being harassed by police, not having any robbers approach him, winning big in a dice game, finally … [Read more...]
Twin Cities-based artist Mike DeCole is making moves Humble beginnings may be just a phrase or great marketing ploy for some, but for Mike DeCole it could be the title to his autobiography. DeCole is an up-and-coming R&B artist based in the Twin Cities who has had a successful 2016 and is looking to take it to the next level in 2017. Over the year, DeCole … [Read more...]
By Raymond Jackson Contributing Writer The Dakota Nightclub continues to show why it’s one of the best musical venues in downtown Minneapolis, as it recently brought Jeff Lorber and friends back to the club for what was billed as a reunion show. Lorber was joined by Twin Cities’ own Stokley Williams, lead vocalist and drummer for Mint Condition; Shaun Labelle, bass player … [Read more...]