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Reverend Al Sharpton: The Rejected Stone

Activist reveals how he became ‘a force of consequence in America’
A Book Review

By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer


One does well to take the endorsements on the dust jacket of Reverend Al Sharpton: The Rejected Stone with a grain of salt. Most glaringly, a tribute from no less suspect a source than former President George W. Bush proclaims, “Al cares just as much as I care about making sure every child learns to read, write, add and subtract.” Bush demonstrated beyond a doubt that he never wasted a moment’s thought on the wellbeing of children of color. President Barack Obama states, “Reverend Sharpton is the voice of the voiceless and a champion for the downtrodden.” Yet President Obama has proven himself deaf to the dire needs of the voiceless, if not with the fiasco of his Obamacare debacle, inarguably by his steadfast refusal to take any sort of impassioned stand on issues impacting the powerless, most conspicuously the Stand Your Ground Law, which has given gun-happy racists license to open fire on Black Americans. Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes extols, “Sharpton is the go-to Black leader today.” Why is this White woman dictating who qualifies as the number-one guiding African American light — of either gender? It’s best to simply set those comments aside and see for yourself, deciding on your own whether the book is worthwhile reading. (Odds are you’ve already made up your mind by now as to how great an individual Sharpton is or isn’t.) The fact, of course, that it’s about one of America’s most prominent figures alone is enough to warrant a look-see if out of nothing more than curiosity. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights


Sat., Nov. 30, 8 pm

• Xcel Energy Center, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul

• Call 651-726-8240 or go to www.xcelenergycenter.com




Toussaint Morrison

With Black Diet, Dwell & the Shape Ship, Big Jess

Fri., Nov. 29, 9 pm

• Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis

• Go to www.triplerocksocialclub.com or call 612-333-7399


21st Annual Jimi Hendrix Remembered

With Mato, Billy Franze, Jellybean Johnson, Charles Fletcher, Billy Thommes, and more

Sat., Nov. Continue Reading →

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Up-and-coming filmmaker debuts in Twin Cities — Award-winning feature to screen at Sound Unseen



By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


An Oversimplification of Her Beauty will be presented on August 14 by Sound Unseen, a monthly screening series held every second Wednesday at Minneapolis’ Trylon Microcinema, located on 3258 Minnehaha Avenue South. The film is part of a doubleheader with showtime starting at 7 pm. It stars Terence Nance, who also wrote and directed the film, and Namik Minter as a couple in a relationship that swings between platonic and romantic; but in whose mind? An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is mostly autobiographical: “Yeah, it’s me unfortunately,” admits the Dallas born and raised Nance about the leading male character in his first film. “The easiest part was [being] in front of the camera,” says Nance on his triple role of star/writer/director. Continue Reading →

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Diversity report shows NBA leading sports industry — Except in Minnesota, where it still lags far behind




The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) annually publishes the Racial and Gender Report Card (RGRC) reports on professional and college sport to measure racial and gender improvement, stagnation and regression in decision making, and other key positions. The MSR annually devotes more attention to RGRC author Richard Lapchick’s grades than does any other media in town. No speculation as to why the local pro teams and the state’s largest university diversity efforts don’t merit the same smell test analysis by mainstream media that it does here. TIDES last week continued its annual RGRC series with the 2012-13 NBA. The Major League Baseball RGRC was released earlier this year, and we briefly reported it.  A quick recap: The Minnesota Twins, as usual, failed in its diversity grade. Continue Reading →

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Blacks with means have a responsibility for those without



Belafonte is right; celebrities do have a responsibility. I feel bad for the old crooner Harry Belafonte, Jr. He has almost lived too long. He bemoaned the fact that Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z haven’t done more to raise the social consciousness of young Black people. He bemoaned their seeming lack of social responsibility. Beyoncé is so clueless about the charge leveled against her that she defended herself by talking about her charity work. Continue Reading →

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