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Inspirational keynote highlights MSR’s 20th Annual Grad Celebration

2015 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship winners (l-r): Jonathan Mensah, Abda Nebi, Noah Brown, Renae Jackson, Tracey Williams-Dillard (MSR CEO/Publisher) Kiera Hunter-Tabb, Edwina King, Jaelynn Palmer

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 →

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Saints’ ‘sous chef’ started out washing dishes

DeMarco Cavil

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 →

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Tinitha “Da Black Pearll” Warren continues move from page to stage with Whittier’s

Tinitha Warren

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 →

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