Pianist Freddy Cole is coming to the Twin Cities. In honor of his late brother Nat King Cole, who would’ve turned 99 this year, Freddy will perform a centennial celebration concert at Crooners on May 19 and 20. “I always love to come to Minnesota and play,” Freddy said in a recent MSR phone interview. Freddy called in from Atlanta, the Chicago native’s home since … [Read more...]
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J. Cole will grace the Target Center stage along with Young Thug on September 19, it was announced today. Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 12 at 10 am at the Target Center box office. You can also order online at TargetCenter.com or by calling 888-9-AXS-TIX. In an era saturated with upstart MCs all vying for the coveted status of “next big thing,” the story of North … [Read more...]
“I’m a Prince fan to the bone,” O’Neal said in a recent MSR interview. She performed a couple weeks ago at Paisley Park’s “Celebration 2018.” “We’re enjoying ourselves. It’s like a family reunion,” she noted of the nearly dozen musicians who participated in live music, panel discussions, rare concert screenings and special presentations that honored the life, legacy and … [Read more...]
There’s nothing that thrills me more than encountering an individual who is clearly walking in their purpose and has found the courage to utilize their gifts to touch the lives of those around them. This is exactly how I felt back in 2015 when I first met local fashion designer Jacqueline Amissah Addison. I was assisting with a fashion show event at the Calhoun Beach Club … [Read more...]
This week: Nicole Pillow shares how she learned to embrace her curls. While growing up as a biracial child in the ’70s here in Minnesota, my head of natural curls was in no way celebrated — in fact, my hair became a seed of insecurity planted at a young age. Many of my peers had their own cruel way of letting me know I wasn’t good enough the way I was. My mom still tells … [Read more...]