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‘Black Panther Party’ film seeks wider audience


The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, the first feature-length film to focus on the origin and downfall of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense is making waves in the film community. It’s been a breakout entry at the Sundance Film Festival, and has already won an award at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival in Los Angeles. Continue Reading →

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First annual Moms Rock! Expo aims to connect and empower moms

Twila Dang

“This is a time for moms to say: ‘We deserve two days to get out, go downtown, hang out with some new people, and really find out…what we don’t know,’” said founder and producer of Moms Rock! Expo Sharon Smith-Akinsanya. Attendees can expect to be “inspired by celebrity mom keynotes, real talk panels, cooking demos, and career corner information.” Continue Reading →

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‘Quiet As It’s Kept': A one-of-a-kind journey of African American history told on ice

Deneane Richburg on ice

The powerful, signature jazz vocals of local singing sensation Thomasina Petrus will be featured in a new theatrical modern dance-figure skating fusion production, Quiet As It’s Kept, which tells a story through modern dance and figure skating about the complexities of African American cultural history and how ideologies from the past persist today. Continue Reading →

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James on Jazz: ‘Jazz Noir,’ JT’s Jazz Implosion & The Nicollet jazz night


What’s happening next in the Twin Cities on the jazz front? Below, a few hot happenings around town.  

If you missed saxophonist James Jimmy-apolis Wallace play at the hot and relatively new Friday night jazz spot at The Nicollet (located at 1913 Nicollet Avenue, in Minneapolis), don’t fret! There are plenty of great performances coming up around town to help you savor the rest of Jazz Appreciation Month and beyond. Next at Friday Night Jazz at The Nicollet is Framework, consisting of Chris Olson, Jay Epstein, Chris Bates on May 1.  

On Saturday, April 25, vocalist Ginger Commodore will lend her powerful vocals for a Tribute to Stevie Wonder at the Dakota Jazz Club at 8 pm. Commodore will share the stage with special guest Julius Collins. Continue Reading →

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Yolanda Adams lends her voice to the 7th annual Twin Cities ‘Power to End Strokes’ concert

Yolanda Adams

On Wednesday, April 15, four-time Grammy winner Yolanda Adams performed at “The Twin Cities Most Powerful Voices Gospel Concert” held at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in St. Paul. The concert, sponsored by HealthPartners and Regions Hospital, was free of charge and jam-packed, with an overflow of fans having to view the concert from a big screen outside the event. Continue Reading →

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