Gymnast Simone Biles. Swimmer Simone Manuel. Shot putter Michelle Carter. All three won gold medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics in sports not typically associated with Black American athletes. Eighty years ago, a grand total of two Black American women athletes, Tidye Pickett and Louise Stokes, both in track and field, traveled to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, where Jesse Owens … [Read more...]
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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are a Grammy-nominated R&B band from Brooklyn. Their groove is funky like James Brown’s. Jones’ gyrations are as wild and ferocious as Tina Tuner’s. The group’s soul shakes and their lead singer’s indomitable spirit blend into something very special, heartfelt and familial. When Jones is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, it rocks the … [Read more...]
The Minnesota State Fairgrounds will be bathed in purple August 26 to honor Minnesota’s native son, the late musical legend Prince. Organizers are asking attendees to come together in their best purple attire and Prince gear and enjoy rides and buildings lit up in purple. There will be Prince music, tributes, and covers at various stages throughout the fairgrounds and a Prince … [Read more...]
The book Esther Bean the Queen of Self Esteem (B.E.A.N. Enterprises LLC) illuminates issues of self-esteem which is of invaluable importance to girls. After all, eventual self-worth begins at childhood. Accordingly, Black women historically have had the core of their existence the matter of sustaining a strong self-image. In her books, author Jacqueline Norwood-Hall, a … [Read more...]
The West Broadway Business and Area Coalition's FLOW: Northside Arts Crawl celebrated its 11th year July 28-30. Billed as the premier arts event in North Minneapolis, the three-day festival saw artists and community members gather for a colorful self-guided tour of various art forms in the West Broadway corridor. Below, videos and photos by Phil McGraw of Brown Eye … [Read more...]