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Royal Red Hat Sabathanettes celebrate sisterhood and bonding

Local society chapter is 10 years strong and growing

By Dwight Hobbes
Contributing Writer


The Royal Red Hat Sabathanettes’ April 18 induction ceremony and celebration was a simple, yet elegant affair conducted with winning grace at Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis, with the characteristic lavender and crimson color scheme displayed in attire and reflected in table settings. Eleven new members were welcomed into the ranks. “We love, cherish and care for each other, help each, support each other,” said a brightly smiling Clara Tims, who also goes by the nickname “Cake Lady” (she sells cakes and pies). It’s an elementary concept and a powerful one. Red Hat Society is a worldwide sisterhood whose principle purpose is as basic as it is profound — social interaction and bonding between women. Continue Reading →

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Spoken Hero – Recording artist applies promotional expertise to community betterment

People in our community and their giving spirit to others often go unnoticed as “Unspoken Heroes.” Our “Spoken Heroes” feature gives the community the opportunity to recognize these everyday heroes and their accomplishments. Without looking for something in return, these individuals are often only rewarded by knowing that others benefit from their efforts. By Raymond Jackson

Contributing Writer


The first Spoken Hero of 2014 has made and continues to make many positive contributions to the Twin Cities area. He is the first nominee who is an up-and-coming musical artist whose main intent is to continue to be of service to their community. R&B recording artist J. MOST was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Continue Reading →

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Racial Equity Justice Day at the Capitol a multicultural rally

By Isaac Peterson

Contributing Writer


By most accounts, 2013 saw some promising action by the Minnesota State Legislature, such as passing the Dream Act and the Homeowners Bill of Rights. But with Minnesota at the bottom nationwide in terms of racial equality, there is clearly much work to be done. To that end, last week the Organizing Apprentice Project (OAP) held the Racial Equity Justice Day at the Hill, an event that included a multiracial and multicultural mix of people and organizations — and that was attended by a few state legislators as well. The purpose of the rally, said Vina Kay, OAP’s director of research and policy, was to “attend to unfinished business in 2014.” The rally began in the Capitol Rotunda and included speakers and spoken word performances. Speaking were artist Brother Ali; Vina Kay; rap/hip hop performers Lioness and Guante; Peggy Flanagan of the Minnesota Children’s Defense Fund; Jovita Morales of Mesa Latina-Waite House; Nique Mabrey from

OutFront MN; Fernando Rodriguez, a sophomore at Owatonna High School and leader of Central Campesino Youth; Archie Davis of Trillium Works from Duluth; Nicole Buckanaga of Leech Lake; and Emilia Gonzalez Avalos of Navigate. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights


Ray Covington

Fri., Feb. 14, 9 pm

Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill, 761 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis

Go to www.bunkersmusic.com or call 612-338-8188

The 2nd Annual Minneapolis 

One-Minute Play Festival

Sat. and Sun., Feb. 15-16, 8 pm

Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 South 4th Street, Minneapolis

Go to www.oneminuteplayfestival.com or call 612-338-0937

Graff on Girlz MN [Sound+Art Composition]

A night of audio/visual art with Orko Eloheim

Live graffiti bodypainting

Tue., Feb. Continue Reading →

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Record win streak ends for Gopher women’s hockey




Now that “The Streak” is snapped, will it be truly recognized as a historic feat?  Minnesota’s 62-game women’s hockey win streak ended with a 3-2 loss Sunday against North Dakota. The Gophers hadn’t lost a game since February 17, 2012, when they also lost at home in a 2-1 overtime defeat to North Dakota. This reporter vividly remembers when the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team won 90 games in a row over a three-year period (2008-10) and too many mainstream sports know-it-alls dismissed it as only women rather than correctly placing the streak two games better than UCLA’s 88-win streak (1971-74). The UConn’s streak didn’t need an asterisk, and neither should Minnesota. North Dakota Coach Brian Idalski told the MSR Sunday after his team’s one-goal victory to salvage a split in the two-game weekend series, “It [the streak] was a pretty special thing not only for Minnesota but for all women’s hockey. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!


The Music
Live on the Drive 2013 with Chastity Brown
Thurs., July 11, 6-8 pm • 34th Ave. N. and Victory Memorial Parkway  • Live on the Drive is a free community concert, outdoors in North Minneapolis on the beautiful Victory Memorial Parkway •

Bring your family and invite your friends • Each concert is followed by a movie presented by Movies in the Park.  


Carl Thomas
Fri., July 12, 8 pm • Wilebski’s Legendary Blues Saloon, 1638 Rice Street, St. Paul, http://wilebskiblues.com/ • Former Bad Boy Records R&B artist performs an intimate concert with Trilla opening.  






Doug E. Fresh 
Fri., July 12, 9 pm • Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-338-6425 or www.cabooze.com • Mn Hip Hop Society kicks off its inaugural event with the legendary Doug E. Fresh, hip hop icon and human beatbox machine. Continue Reading →

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Taking care of yourself with some down time











Beach front, salty ocean and exotic beverages with the cute li’l umbrella…all sound really good right now! Vacations are always right on time! But when was the last time you went on one? Are you constantly putting it off? Do things always “come up” to keep you from getting a li’l R&R? Continue Reading →

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St. Paul Foundation honors race ambassadors

Josie Johnson took on Voter ID  

Ellen O’Neill helped spark Duluth racial dialogue

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

University of Minnesota Regent Emeriti Dr. Josie Johnson and YWCA of Duluth Executive Director Ellen O’Neill are among the five Facing Race Ambassadors who will be honored April 29 by

the Saint Paul Foundation at the Prom Event Center in Oakdale, Minnesota. O’Neill was nominated for her leadership in working with people and organizations in Duluth in anti-racism efforts. She has helped “spark thousands of conversations around racial equity in families, workplaces, community gatherings and in the


Dr. Johnson, who has been “an ambassador for racial justice and racial equity” in Minnesota for over 50 years, was nominated for inspiring and mentoring new leaders, along with her advocating against the ramifications if the 2012 Voter ID


constitutional amendment had passed last year. In separate interviews, both women recently talked to the MSR.

O’Neill admitted that upon first learning of the award, “I actually had a mixed reaction. The work that the Duluth community have been doing for the last year and a half very much has been a collaboration — the YWCA has been involved in starting it but there are 17 partners in our community in this specific campaign. Continue Reading →

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‘Fierce urgency’ stressed at MLK Breakfast

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, told nearly 2,000 people attending the 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast January 21, “We need to wake up.” 

Specifically, she urged the sold-out audience at the Minneapolis Convention Center and the live TV audience watching on TPT (Twin Cities Public Television) to wake up to the consequences of failing to improve the educational disparities that pose dangerous implications for the future of our country: “Will the United States be a beacon or a blip in history? “We need to recognize that we have to invest now,” Edelman said, “and invest with urgency and with persistence so that we can give every child a chance to be able to function, work and contribute in this very complex, changing world and economy.”

A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, Edelman began her career in the mid-1960s when, as the first African American woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, she directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Miss. In 1968, she moved to Washington, D.C. as counsel for the Poor People’s Campaign that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began organizing before his death. In 1973 she founded the Children’s Defense Fund. Under her leadership, it has become one of the United States’ strongest advocates for children and families. Continue Reading →

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