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Honoring Jackie in 2014

Tuesday is Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball. Every player on all 30 MLB clubs will wear the number 42 on their backs — the same number Robinson wore when he broke in with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948; the same number every club permanently retired save for one day a year.  

“I’ve always known the significance of that number,” admits Minnesota Twins outfielder Aaron Hicks, the team’s only U.S.-born Black player, “definitely for me being a Black player.”


Hicks ranks Robinson in the same trailblazing light as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks. “They are heroes, and he is right up there with them,” believes the second-year centerfielder. “He was the guy who took a lot of crap and handled it the right way. Continue Reading →

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Ruben and Lalah play well in the Twin Cities

By Raymond Jackson
Contributing Writer





On a great feeling Sunday evening, Ruben Studdard and Lalah Hathaway started their 2014 tour at The Dakota Nightclub, located in downtown Minneapolis, in grand fashion!  

Although the previewing marked Ruben as the marquee, once the show began it was quite apparent that there was no specific marquee involved in this performance. They were both simply fantastic. They began the show together with a five piece band and two background vocalists, who too, were really good. During the opening, two duet ballads, the dinner crowd knew they were destined to receive an after dinner mint, that would be the most favorable they had tasted in quite some time. Continue Reading →

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Virtual companies tackle real issues

Entrepreneur promotes recycling, launches mobile app business
By Judith Hence
Contributing Writer

Angela Harmon is a publisher and mobile marketing entrepreneur. She is an ambitious individual, committed to the health and ecological well-being of her community. She would also like to see small businesses succeed through the creative use of marketing on the Internet. She created two virtual businesses with these ideas in mind: one company emphasizes a healthy environment, the other progressive marketing. Minnesota Green Pages

Harmon agrees that Minneapolis is arguably one of the country’s cleanest cities. Continue Reading →

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North Mpls rental property owners refute slumlord label

Property owners place responsibility for code violations on problem renters
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

City landlords Keith Malmer and Mahmood Khan both do not see themselves as “slum landlords” simply because the majority of their properties are located on Minneapolis’ North Side. They insist they are making the best effort they can to select good tenants and maintain the properties. “I like to think I’m being pro-active with the houses I own and manage,” said Malmer, who began acquiring foreclosed and auctioned properties in the early 2000s. “Given my limited financial resources, I’m spending every dollar I got to make sure my properties are kept up the best I can. It’s a real strategy to make sure that you are taking care of the basics, and hopefully make things as nice as possible at the same time.”

“I am buying older properties, fixing them up, making them look good for the neighborhood,” said Khan. Continue Reading →

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A Minneapolis without disparities

Community groups, elected officials unite behind  this critical goal of city government

By Isaac Peterson

Contributing Writer


As many residents may or may not be aware, the City of Minneapolis is in the midst of an effort it calls Strategic Planning for City Goals, a framework outlining the City’s direction and priorities in upcoming years. The process of establishing those goals is a work in process, but to date, the areas of concentration listed on the City’s website call for Minneapolis to (paraphrased):

• Be safe and livable

• Be a city without disparities where all Minneapolis residents can participate and prosper

• Be a hub of economic activity and innovation

• Be a great place, with natural and built spaces, where the environment is protected

• Be a city where government works well and government is connected with communities

Recently, the MSR spoke with Minneapolis City Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden, who has been instrumental in giving shape to the City’s initiative. Glidden informed us that the goals were compiled, at least in part, by feedback gleaned during last year’s city election campaigns, when candidates were “knocking on doors, meeting with groups, going to forums, and all those kinds of things that really, I think, inform what we hear and understand are priorities from a community perspective. “I think it’s best to say that the goals reflect community input,” said Glidden, “and we’re still continuing to try to get the community input on the goals themselves, but also looking at the follow through.”

One of the top priorities that Glidden said was communicated by the people and groups who spoke was about racial equity, and “that is prominently featured in the draft vision, values, and strategic goals. “We are saying very clearly that we want to eliminate disparities,” she continued. Continue Reading →

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March madness continues



The National Invitational Tournament (NIT) has a rich storied history dating back to pre-World War II days. The Women’s NIT since 1998 has tradition as well — just not as long as the men’s. However, present-day hoops fans and snobbish media types give both the Rodney Dangerfield treatment:

No respect for either of them. While there are those who only see one tournament, and while the men’s NCAA annually gets marathon King Kong coverage and barely Timberbell-like coverage on the women’s side, this reporter gives four-fold attention to the two bigger tournaments, as well as the NIT and WNIT. Both men and women Gopher squads this week are in their respective NIT sweet 16 — the men play Southern Mississippi Tuesday at Williams Arena, and the women go to South Dakota State on Thursday. Continue Reading →

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Spoken Hero – Recording artist applies promotional expertise to community betterment

People in our community and their giving spirit to others often go unnoticed as “Unspoken Heroes.” Our “Spoken Heroes” feature gives the community the opportunity to recognize these everyday heroes and their accomplishments. Without looking for something in return, these individuals are often only rewarded by knowing that others benefit from their efforts. By Raymond Jackson

Contributing Writer


The first Spoken Hero of 2014 has made and continues to make many positive contributions to the Twin Cities area. He is the first nominee who is an up-and-coming musical artist whose main intent is to continue to be of service to their community. R&B recording artist J. MOST was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Continue Reading →

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Otaak Band brings East Sudanese soul to the west bank


By Junauda Petrus
Contributing Writer


It was a glimpse into a world nearly lost. But the rituals, the traditions, the passed down legacies and teachings from ancestors were still evident in his being. Ahmed Said Abuamna, from Otaak Band, sang as though the music was shooting up from the ground through him, his voice sounding transcendent of earthliness. Watching the smooth and effortless way in which movements flowed from Abuamna’s limbs and in the way songs poured seemingly unencumbered from his soul at the January 29th performance at the Cedar Cultural Center, became a reminder of the importance of keeping a people’s culture and traditions alive. Otaak Band is the collaboration of Abuamna who hails from Eastern Sudan, and Miguel Merino, a percussionist from Indiana. Continue Reading →

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The Art Cunningham Show: over two decades of Black history through Black media



By Dwight Hobbes
Contributing Writer


There is no more effective means of communicating than the media, particularly the visual media and especially television, since every home has at least one set. How far, after all, do you think the present celebration of Black History Month would’ve got without the media? Its inception came back in 1926, founded by Carter G. Woodson as Negro History Week. It is undeniable the impact media communication has had, growing from the first celebration by Black United Students at Kent State University in 1970 to America acknowledging Black History Month in 1976, President Gerald Ford making it official.  

All this is said to underscore that Art Cunningham, creator-host of The Art Cunningham Show for 23 years, put the issues-oriented program on the air as a means to get voices of the African American community expressed that otherwise went unheard. Continue Reading →

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