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Gary Cunningham named Metro State Alumnus of the Year

In recognition of his strong commitment to serving the Twin Cities community both as a professional and as a volunteer, Metropolitan State University recognized Gary Cunningham as its 2014 Alumnus of the Year at the 2014 Celebrating Service to the Community Scholarship Luncheon on October 16 at Travelers in Saint Paul. Cunningham has built a distinguished career strengthening communities of color and working toward economic justice. He is the president and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA). Prior to coming to MEDA, he was the vice president and chief program officer for the Northwest Area Foundation, where he was responsible for carrying out the foundation’s mission to support efforts to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable prosperity in the foundation’s eight state region. Previous to his work at the foundation, Cunningham served in many leadership positions with various public and nonprofit organizations. Continue Reading →

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Off-and-on student discovers it’s never too late PhD Project encourages people of color to pursue graduate business study

PhD Project encourages people of color to pursue graduate business study
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


It took a while, but V. Marcia Pruitt later this month finally will get her sheepskin. Pruitt, a St. Paul Central graduate, will receive her bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University during a December 17 fall commencement ceremony. Her journey is a testimonial to the value of formal education and the importance of taking advantage of available support along the way. “It was on my bucket list to do,” noted Pruitt, who graduates with magna cum laude honors. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!


The Music
Beenie Man
Fri., Apr. 12, 10 pm • Epic, 110 N. 5th St., Mpls., 612-332-3742 or

Grammy award-winning Jamaican reggae artist and self-proclaimed “King of Dancehall.”





Fatoumata Diawara 
Fri., Apr. 12, 7 pm • Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-338-2674 or • Catch the Midwest debut by Mali’s new music sensation, who has been wooing critics and lighting up stages around the world with her radiant voice, coolly infectious Afro-pop, and smoking live band.  





Eric Kamau Gravatt
Fri., Apr. Continue Reading →

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