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‘Child, Please,’ a humorous and pointed nod to old school child rearing

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The incident reminded me of a bygone era when not only your own momma, but any adult in the neighborhood might straighten you out if you were messin’ up. However, that strict style of upbringing has long since fallen by the wayside in favor of a politically-correct age of permissiveness. Continue Reading →

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PHOTOS | Sister Spokesman 4th Annual Fashion Show

Sister Spokesman 4th Annual Fashion Show, June 6, 2015

Colorful fashions from Twin Cities’ designers adorned the the Minnesota Music Café in St. Paul, as attendees packed the room to enjoy Sister Spokesman’s 4th Annual Fashion Show, Saturday June 6.

Enjoy highlights from the event captured by photographer Steve Floyd. Continue Reading →

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‘After the Dance': Janis Hunter shares the highs and lows of life with Marvin Gaye

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“After her 17th birthday in 1973, Janis Hunter met Marvin Gay — the soulful prince of Motown with the seductive liquid voice — whose chart-topping, socially-conscious album What’s Going On made him a superstar two years earlier. Despite a 17-year age difference and Marvin’s marriage to the sister of Berry Gordy, Motown’s founder, the enchanted teenager and the emotionally volatile singer began a scorching relationship… Continue Reading →

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Sister Spokesman’s 4th Annual Fashion Show: a time for stylish fun

Loretha King-Clark

Colorful fashion and models are set to sashay down the runway at the 4th Annual Sister Spokesman Fashion Show, June 6 at the MN Music Café in St. Paul. The show will feature the talents of several local designers and vendors, delicious food, entertainment by J MOST and plenty of networking opportunities.
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Black comic book creators, dealers, fans show their superpowers at MSP ComicCon

Artist Phil Howe with his niece

The Minnesota Comic Book Association (MCBA) holds two events a year that they say are “the largest comic book conventions in the Upper Midwest.” The first one of the year, MSP ComicCon, was held May 16-17 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Along with comic book and comic book-related dealers, fan groups and other organizations, MCBA says that MSPComicCon has more than 250 “creators” — comic book writers, artists and publishers both mainstream and independent. Continue Reading →

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The rain was no match for Soundset 2015

Ice Cube at Soundset 2015, May 24

Ludacris. J. Cole. Big Sean. Ice Cube. Brother Ali. Half-naked women. Marijuana infused air. Mosh pits. Freestyle raps and dances. Tricked out rides. Graffiti. Skateboarders. St. Paul Slim. Turntables. Soundset 2015 was in full effect and there was nothing that the rain could do it about it.
Thousands of hip hop enthusiasts gathered at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN, May 24 to partake in Soundset, Minnesota’s premier hip hop festival.
Headlined by J. Cole, the festival featured 30 acts in total, spread across three stage areas. While the main stage hosted the big name artists such as Ludacris, Yelawolf, Dilated People, and Atmosphere, it wasn’t the hottest stage in the festival. Continue Reading →

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