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Ebony Phoenix Projects plans week-long Kwanzaa revelry


By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer 


There aren’t a great many opportunities to do anything for Kwanzaa. It’s not nearly as obscure a practice as it was as recently as 10 years ago; still, even in this area, where a premium is placed on cultural diversity, multiculturalism and other such buzz words, you simply don’t see the kind of pronounced presence of, say Kwanzaa-themed theater shows or concerts as you do in celebration of Christmas. However, if there are Twin Cities observers of Kwanzaa who don’t have a good time, it won’t for lack of presentations on the part of Ebony Phoenix Projects (EPP). EPP’s 2011 activity calendar will promote events in Minneapolis and in St. Paul to commemorate the principles of Kwanzaa: Umoja (unity), Kuumba (creativity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose) and Imani (faith). Continue Reading →

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Da Black Pearll shines in the local spoken word scene

Da Black Pearll, née Tinitha Warren, has been building a strong reputation for prose-poetry with an uncompromising womanist bent and a flair for ingenious wordplay.  

It’s no mean feat to prevail in the Twin Cities spoken word scene. Seems about everyone with an attitude and access to open mic night at one venue or other holds forth, glutting the scene in a bottleneck of poseurs pretending to wax profound. So, you have to give it to Da Black Pearll, née Tinitha Warren. She has slugged it out in the trenches over at least the past decade, building a strong reputation for prose-poetry with an uncompromising womanist bent and a flair for ingenious wordplay. Continue Reading →

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