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Given much, foundation manager is passionate about giving back

By Isaac Peterson
Contributing Writer


Tolá Oyewole is a self-described hard worker: “I am a hard worker almost to a fault,” she says. Over the years, many Twin Cities-area organizations and companies have benefited from Oyewole’s hard work. Currently she serves as the foundation and corporate giving director at Cargill. As such, she is the day-to-day manager for the Cargill Foundation in Cargill’s Minneapolis headquarters community. The Cargill Foundation provides local funding for education for children K-12 and for early childhood nutrition for pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. Continue Reading →

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Cities’ youth hear celebrities’ success stories



By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Singer-songwriter Ledisi, nationally syndicated radio talk host Warren BallentineWarren Ballentine, and actress Kim Coles were panelists at the half-day United Negro College Fund “Empower Me Tour” stop in Minneapolis October 13 at Dunwoody College of Technology. Each told a packed auditorium of Twin Cities middle- and high-school students how they overcame personal struggles until they eventually achieved success. Ledisi Anibade Young — her first name is Nigerian and means “to come forth” — was born in New Orleans and left home at age 18, later forming a group named after her middle name in 1995. However, she said initially she wasn’t able to convince record execs, who often told her, “You sound good, but we don’t know what to do with you.”

After opening for Chaka Khan, Ledisi was signed by Verve in 2000, and the twice-Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter said she now has four albums to her credit. “I am living my parents’ dream,” she said proudly. Continue Reading →

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