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Two top prep prospects








A couple of weeks ago I attended the annual Under the Radar Showcase at Macalester College featuring four games between the top high school boys’ basketball players in the metro area according to their graduating class. During the class of 2016 contest, participants TYLER JOHNSON (Minneapolis North) and JARRET BAPTISTE (Columbia Heights) put on an outstanding performance, making it clear that both are among the state’s top athletes. In a day when many student athletes concentrate on one sport, Johnson and Baptiste are the exception rather than the norm. Both excel in football as well. Last winter Johnson, a 6’-0” guard, averaged 20.1 points per game for the Polars last season, leading to a share of the City Conference title with Washburn and within one game of a state tournament appearance. Continue Reading →

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A new era of North-Central rivalry?

At the conclusion of St. Paul Central’s 52-51 nonconference boys’ basketball victory over Minneapolis North, DEREK REUBEN and JURIAD HUGHES expressed excitement. “The rivalry is back,” said Reuben. “You know I had to come see this game,” said Hughes, smiling. For both, and for the capacity crowd that witnessed the contest, it was a chance to flash back to a time when the mere mention of Minneapolis North playing St. Continue Reading →

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Are all males destined to become grumpy old men?








By Alyse M. Hamilton, MD 

The short answer to the question, “Are all men destined to become grumpy as they age?” is no — no man has to become a “grumpy old man.”

Growing up, do you remember that old man at the end of the block just waiting for some unsuspecting kid to step on his lawn? “Get off my lawn!” he’d bellow. Just put one toe on that man’s grass and you’d hear it for blocks: “Get off my lawn!”

You’d think that kid was walking across a white carpet with muddy feet. “Why was this old man so darned ornery?” I often wondered.  

I now understand where grumpy men come from

As an anti-aging and regenerative medical doctor, I now understand what happens to far too many men that makes them “grumpy” as they age. Continue Reading →

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The Good Wife Works – On soul food




Filmmaker Byron P. Hurt (born 12/31/69) presented his documentary Soul Food Junkies at Macalester College in St. Paul during Black History Month 2013. The film was also shown at the Merriam Park Branch of the St. Paul Public Library during Black History Month, and on PBS. While attending Northeastern University, Hurt decided to discuss his concerns with his father about his father’s health and diet. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!


The Music

Rahsaan Patterson

Thurs., Apr. 4, 8 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or • With a sound that evokes comparison to Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Prince, Rahsaan Patterson has become a force in the R&B/neo-soul world. For over 15 years Patterson has released five albums, toured constantly and has collaborated with a number of soul music luminaries.  




Toots and the Maytals 

Sat., Apr. 6, 9 pm • Mill City Nights, 111 5th St. Continue Reading →

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Minnesota griot honored by Turning Point

Mahmoud El-Kati talks about race and democracy
By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer


Mahmoud El-Kati. Mention the name and you’ve said it all: icon historian, scholar and griot. And he can talk your ear off. That’s okay. When he’s finished, just put it back on. Continue Reading →

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Minister celebrates his 105th birthday — Reverend Smith describes himself as a ‘late bloomer’

On Saturday, January 19, Wayman AME Church in North Minneapolis played host to a glorious event that celebrated the 105th birthday of Reverend Noah Spencer Smith. The church was filled with many people of all ages who Smith has touched over the years. Continue Reading →

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Fiscal cliff most threatening for Blacks, other communities of color

Effects would add more hurt to Great Recession’s impact 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Low- and moderate-income people will immediately be adversely affected if the country plunges over “the fiscal cliff” at the beginning of the year, predicts a former Obama administration member. Automatic tax hikes and spending cuts will take place unless Congress and the White House reach an agreement by December 31. Last week, on a New America Media-scheduled teleconference with reporters, including the MSR, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Senior Fellow Jared Bernstein said that “low-income people will feel [it] right away if we go over the fiscal cliff” on January 1.      

“Current conditions actually are very tough on low-income people,” said Bernstein. “Fifteen percent of the population are in poverty, and if you look at folk who are disproportionately low-income, African American poverty is closer to 28 percent [and] Hispanics at 25 percent. Continue Reading →

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Phillips scholars create summer programs for youth, families


Jazmine Darden designed a summer program to encourage urban students, including many students of color, to learn more about opportunities in the STEM fields, specifically engineering. Through “Bridgin’ the Gap,” students in kindergarten through eighth grade discovered new information about structural engineering through bridge-building activities. Darden, who is from Brooklyn Park and attends Augsburg College, is one of six Minnesota Private College students chosen to complete a community outreach project as a part of the Phillips Scholars Program. The Phillips Scholars Program is a competitive scholarship initiative that asks college students to propose and then implement a service project to meet an unmet community need. The funds available to selected students total $16,500 in the form of scholarships and stipends from the Jay and Rose Phillips Foundation. Continue Reading →

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Educators urged to partner with families


North High hosted top national expert on
community engagement

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


A productive school involves effective family and community partnerships, a leading community engagement expert said last week at North High School. Although there was little family involvement in this event, some hope the educators present will spread the word that such partnerships are essential to student success. “She is the number-one reference” in the nation for community involvement research, said Center for School Change Director Joe Nathan of Dr. Joyce Epstein, the director of the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. A program of Macalester College, the Center for School Change and Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) co-sponsored a November 10 two-hour evening event attended by nearly 300 educators and other professionals. Family involvement is important “for students to do better in school,” said Epstein. Continue Reading →

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