James L. Stroud

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Martha Reeves and the Vandellas bring memories like a ‘Heat Wave’ to Dakota

By James L. Stroud, Jr.
Contributing Writer

 

Fans of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas who were fortunate enough to get tickets to one of the four sold-out performances at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis on January 11 and 12 witnessed one Motown’s greatest groups ever and one of the greatest female groups in music history. In fact, in 1995 Martha Reeves and the Vandellas were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, becoming just the second all-female group to be inducted. The group was first known as Martha and the Vandellas before their name was changed in 1967. Their classic songs include “(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave” (1963), “Dancing in the Street” (1964), “Nowhere to Run” (1965), “I’m Ready for Love” (1966), “Jimmy Mack” (1967) and “Honey Chile” (1967). Martha Reeves went solo in 1972. Continue Reading →

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Dr. Crutchfield, III credits parents for his stellar career

 

By James L. Stroud, Jr. 

Contributing Writer

 

In Minnesota, when someone says the name Dr. Crutchfield, most people — especially African Americans from Minneapolis, St. Paul and surrounding areas — assume they mean the legendary obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Charles E. Crutchfield, Jr., a doctor known for the delivery of at least 10,000 Minnesota babies in the Land of 10,000 Lakes over the last 45 years. But in 1994 another Dr. Crutchfield arrived on the scene in Eagan, Minnesota. He too goes by the name of Dr. Charles E. Crutchfield, but he is known as the third (III) and is the son of Dr. Crutchfield, Jr, who he calls Dad. Dr. Crutchfield, III is a board-certified dermatologist, a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and medical director of his own Crutchfield Dermatology Clinic in Eagan, MN. Continue Reading →

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Free Kwanzaa camp organized for Northside youth

 

By James L. Stroud, Jr.

Contributing Writer

 

The Clyde Turner Basketball Camps came to North Minneapolis’ Farview Park Community Center and offered a free five-day Kwanzaa basketball camp from December 26 to December 30 for boys and girls ages 8-15. Clyde Turner says, “Call it the spirit or say it was inspired by Jesus Christ, but we wanted to give the kids something to do while they where out of school during the holidays and give the parents a break by offering it for free.”

Turner further says that he picked North Minneapolis because of the recent reports of violence caused by and directed toward that community’s youth. “It was an opportunity to not only give back, but also to give the youth something fun, safe, positive and educational to do with their time.”

For the last 27 years, the Clyde Turner Educational Basketball Camps (CTEBC) have offered boys and girls between the ages of nine through 17 a fun and challenging experience of learning the fundamentals of basketball. CTEBC’s mission is to provide a program that meets the personal developmental needs of young people in the Metropolitan area. The camps are usually held during the summer, and parents expect to pay an entry fee. Continue Reading →

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MSR staffer one of two Legal Rights Center honorees

 

James L. Stroud, Jr. and Willa Gelvick were named Volunteers of the Year by the Legal Rights Center (LRC). The

awards were presented at the LRC’s annual holiday gathering on December 16. Stroud is a contributing writer/photographer and account executive with the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR). He has provided investigation services for the LRC as a volunteer since September 2010. Willa Gelvick is an attorney who began assisting with LRC cases in February 2011. Continue Reading →

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We Win observes Kwanzaa at the Capri

By James L. Stroud, Jr.

Contributing Writer

 

On December 14 the We Win Institute held its annual Kwanzaa celebration. This year it was observed at the Capri Theater in North Minneapolis. The celebration included live entertainment by the We Win Institute students and others, as well as a special treat for those who love storytellers. Nothando Zulu, who has been performing for children and adults in Minnesota for more than 20 years and nationally for more than 15 years, entertained the audience with a little help from the children. What is Kwanzaa? Continue Reading →

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Local law professor finds her calling in civil rights work

 

 

By James L. Stroud, Jr.

Contributing Writer

 

On December 3, 2011, the Minnesota Jaycees organization held their Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans (TOYM) awards celebration at the Earle Brown Center in Brooklyn Park. Associate Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds of the University of St. Thomas law school was recognized as one of those outstanding 10 people. Since 1950, the TOYM program has recognized outstanding young leaders ages 18-40 statewide. The young leaders are acknowledged for their contributions to Minnesota through service, thought, influence, community involvement and/or entrepreneurship. Continue Reading →

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Winter looms while Northside storm damage remains

 
City offers low-cost forgivable loans to help fix homes
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

According to City of Minneapolis officials, there still are over 200 Northside tornado-damaged homes with tarps on their roofs. With winter close at hand, there is now over $2 million in funds available for homeowners who still need repairs to their homes damaged by the May tornado. The Minnesota Housing Board recently gave the City $750,000 to help provide interest-free loans to North Minneapolis homeowners for roof and chimney repairs. “We [now] have money” to help these homeowners, says Cherie Shoquist, City foreclosure project coordinator. She says that she sympathizes with those who have been frustrated in trying to get things fixed after the May storm and for whatever reason haven’t been successful thus far. Continue Reading →

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Disney on Ice features first Black princess

 
Treasure Trove production includes African American figure skaters
 

By James L. Stroud, Jr.

Contributing Writer

 

Year after year, since its debut in 1981, Disney on Ice has entertained families around the world and employed more than 400 professional skaters that bring life to Disney characters on ice. The Disney on Ice concept was created by Kenneth Feld. Feld’s company, Feld Entertainment, is the licensee of the Walt Disney Company, with exclusive worldwide rights to produce live Disney-themed shows. Disney on Ice has performed in more than 70 countries and six continents. On Thursday, December 8, 2011 through Sunday, December 11, 2011, Disney on Ice will make its way to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Continue Reading →

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Nonprofit offers winter sport opportunities to inner-city youth

 

 
Nordic Ski Foundation has taught
skiing to hundreds of children 
 

By James L. Stroud, Jr.

Contributing Writer

 

Are you living in North Minneapolis or somewhere close to it? Do you want your children to learn how to ski at no cost or at reduced rates? Has not being able to afford the ski equipment kept you and your children from flirting with the idea of taking up skiing as a hobby? If so, hold on to your earmuffs because the City of Lakes Nordic Ski Foundation (NSF) may have some solutions for your family. NSF, a nonprofit organization based in Theodore Wirth Park, has a mission to promote and support cross-country skiing opportunities in Minneapolis, especially to inner-city youth. Continue Reading →

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Local cable TV talk host aims to educate ‘Joe Blow’

 

 

By James L. Stroud, Jr.

Contributing Writer

 

After 20 years, a local cable television program, the “Art Cunningham Show,” is still on the air at Northwest Community Television — Channel 12 (NWCT), located in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. If show host Art Cunningham has his way, the programming in the next 20 years will keep getting younger. The “Art Cunningham Show” is one of few programs if not the only one shot live at the NWCT studios and then delivered to Minneapolis and St. Paul cable outlets for prerecorded broadcast the following week. The program is hosted by Art Cunningham, who is also the executive producer. Continue Reading →

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