On May 20 the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR), now in its 80th year of publication, and its nonprofit namesake the MSR 501c3, hosted the 20th annual High School Graduation Celebration at the Metropolitan Ballroom located in Golden Valley. As in previous years, the Celebration echoed its traditional theme “Education and Graduation: It’s a family affair.”
The MSR has produced this graduation scholarship dinner and ceremony as a family affair, for the community or the “village family,” at no charge to the parents or graduating students, as a way of acknowledging and honoring the academic achievements of African and African American high school students who too often go underappreciated. Each year, the MSR sends out invitations to the graduating high school students in Minnesota to participate in a 500-word essay contest for the Cecil E. Newman Scholarship, which is named after the late MSR founder and publisher.
The following students were recipients of 2015 Cecil E. Newman scholarships: Renae Jackson (Academy of the Holy Angels), Jaelynne Palmer (Hopkins High School), Edwina King (Park Center High School), Jonathan Mensah (Highland Park Sr. High School), Noah Brown (Bloomington Kennedy High School), Abdi Nebi (Central High School), and Kieara Hunter-Tabb (North Community High School). Continue Reading →
Ebony magazine, over the past half-century, has evolved in its significance as an integral aspect of African American identity, beginning as a pioneering presence of self-affirmation and now a sustained symbol of same. Continue Reading →
The new St. Paul Saints ballpark, not unlike other ballparks these days, offers more than popcorn, peanuts and Cracker Jack, baseball’s regular food troika.
When fans come to opening night this Thursday, they can eat fancy dishes, drink gourmet coffee, and select from a list of beverages and other drinks. They can top it off with locally made and sourced “healthy” condiments — honey mustard, sweet pepper relish and seasonal ketchup grown by local farmers, including the Hmong American Farmers Association Continue Reading →
Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67 s recently finished its four-week run at the Penumbra Theatre. The Detroit-born Morrisseau did her best to dramatize the events that this reporter lived through the five days of violence that took place in my hometown in late July, 1967. Continue Reading →
When Baltimore City’s newly elected State Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced on May 1 her intention to bring charges in the death of Freddie Gray, she was only following Maryland law, said former Maryland prosecutor Debbie Hines. Continue Reading →
Many of our readers will be sure to recognize friends, family and neighbors from the distant and not-so-distant past — and famous historical personages such as the incomparable Paul Robeson, interviewed by a Minneapolis Spokesman staff writer for the December 15, 1944 issue. Continue Reading →
On May 1, 2015, the elected Maryland State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, African American Marilyn Mosby, carried out her responsibility and duties without delay. She “announced charges against six Baltimore City police officers for their alleged role in the death of Freddie Gray.” Continue Reading →
Tinitha “Da Black Pearll” Warren has switched gears. She reigned quite a while as one of the true queens of Twin Cities spoken word, along with the likes of Sha Cage and a few others, reaching something of a peak with The Nucleus, a book of powerhouse poetry. Continue Reading →
Black Lives Matter (BLM) members can speak openly about their case after a judge ruled against a pre-trial motion filed by Bloomington city prosecutors. Nekima Levy-Pounds, who is among the nearly 40 defendants, informed the MSR last week that the judge, during a May 1 hearing, ruled against the gag order. Continue Reading →
On May 1, hundreds participated in a series of Black Lives Matter rallies in support of the 36 protesters who were arrested at the Mall of America demonstration last December. The protests coincided with International Workers’ Day and in solidarity of workers’ rights. Continue Reading →