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Wonder delights in concert with timeless ‘Songs in the Key of Life’

Stevie Wonder on keyboard at the Songs in the  Key of Life, March 29.

Steve Wonder’s masterpiece Songs in the Key of Life proved every bit worthy of a tour some 39 years after its release at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Sunday, March 29. It wasn’t on my bucket list, but if I had one, Sunday’s experience would easily qualify for check-off status.

Wonder pretty much stuck to the iconic album’s original song order during the Twin Cities’ tour stop, his first time performing here since 1988. The show kicked off about 20 minutes after the 8 pm scheduled start, and concluded with a standing ovation around midnight. It’s hard to imagine anyone leaving unsatisfied. Continue Reading →

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Delta Sigma Theta’s 19th Annual Literary Luncheon to feature Iyanla Vanzant

Iyanla Vanzant

Life coach and author Iyanla Vanzant will headline the Delta Sigma Theta 19th Annual Literary Luncheon, Saturday April 11, at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel in St. Paul. Vanzant follows actor, author and motivational speaker Hill Harper, who headlined the luncheon last year.

“The Delta Sigma Theta’s bring in these different authors to support one of our national missions of literacy education,” said Trena Ross, the president of Delta Sigma Theta Minneapolis/St. Paul Chaper. “We brought in Iyanla Vanzant as our guest speaker. We know that she is a nationally known author and has been around for a while.” Continue Reading →

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Are we seeing Black feminism on prime time TV?

(l-r) Joan Morgan and Dr. Treva Lindsay

She said she didn’t see herself as a feminist until after she read Morgan’s When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: My Life as A Hip Hop Feminist (2000) while attending Temple University. “For me it’s about reclaiming a type of humanity that we’ve been not given access to. We need permission [as Black females] to be human.”

Story says she “declared” herself a feminist while in college at DePaul. “I was the only Black girl women’s studies major for my first three years.” But because she refused to act and dress like fellow feminists, “Somehow I was doing feminism wrong,” recalled the professor. “I was much more hard core” than the young White feminists at the time, she added.

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K-Jay the Comedian, finding the funny in the mundane

K-Jay the Comedian

K-Jay the Comedian is a natural born cut-up. He’s the kind of guy you’ll be sitting around, hear the name come up, and somebody in the room will say with the proverbial quickness, “Oh, that man is a mess,” or “He’s a fool.” And they’re not even talking about when he’s on-stage. He could walk into an empty room and a good time would break out Continue Reading →

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Lesli gone, Keith makes new plans

Keith-&-Lesli

This situation — with or without Lesli — was going to have to see itself through. Much as it had turned his world topsy-turvy, he was still a professional and had a responsibility to uphold. To himself, sure. But Helen and the others had a lot at stake too, and he was not going to let this be a monkey wrench thrown in the works. Continue Reading →

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