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Photo exhibit highlights life in ‘70s and ‘80s Twin Cities’ Black community

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer

 

The daily life of Minneapolis’ Black community during the 1970s and 1980s, which has been documented in black and white and color photos, is now on display at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. “Sights, Sounds & Soul: Twin Cities through the lens of Charles Chamblis” opened April 26 and runs through January 4, 2015. Chamblis was called “The Pictureman,” says Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) Exhibit Developer Ben Petry during the one-hour tour he conducted for the MSR several days before the exhibit opened last weekend. “Somebody told me if you really knew him well, you called him ‘The Pictureman,’ and if you casually knew him you called him ‘The Cameraman.’”

His daughter Reva found boxes of her father’s photographs and lent them to MHS in 2001, added Petry, who admitted that he “emerged himself in the photographs and the time period” while he prepared the historical exhibit. Continue Reading →

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Safe Harbors bill offers new hope to exploited young women

By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer

 

 

In 2011, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota (WFM) launched MN Girls Are Not For Sale, a five-year four-million dollar effort to end the sexual trafficking of girls and young women. The sad fact is, despite WFM’s staunch commitment to this crucial cause, girls and young women are still for sale. Until concrete measures are resolutely brought to bear, this insidious, illicit market thrives with wretched, far-reaching, life-destroying consequence. The Department of Justice identifies Minneapolis-St. Paul as a major child sex-trafficking center, one of the nation’s 15 largest. Continue Reading →

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Black History Month Calendar of Events

 

Black History Month Calendar of Events
Through Thurs., Feb. 14
 
Saturday, February 9

 

11 am — Truth Be Told Spoken Word Workshop, Highland Park Library, 1974 Ford Pkwy., St. Paul

For teens: Join us for a spoken word writing and performance workshop facilitated by artist Tish Jones. Participants will use the art of spoken word to highlight their personal history while working with other writers, learning poetic devices, and crafting new works. This event is free. Continue Reading →

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Black History Month Calendar of Events

Black History Month Calendar of Events
Through Wed., Feb. 6
 

Thursday, January 31
 

6:30-7:30 pm — My Soul Looks Back, Sumner Library, 611 Van White Mem. Blvd., Minneapolis

Celebrate Black History Month with songs, poetry and stories that give voice to the journeys and contributions of African Americans in American history. All ages welcome. This event is free; registration is requested. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment Spotlights!

 
 Revelations: Judgment Day
 

 Fri.-Sat., Nov. 23-24, 7 pm & Sun., Nov. 25, 6 pm
The O’Shaughnessy
2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, 651-690-6700 or http://oshaughnessy.stkate.edu
A gospel stage play about life’s tests, trials, and triumphs, Revelations asks, “Will your name be in the Book of Life?”
Special guest performances by Darnell Davis & the Remnant, Shed G. and James Grear & Company
Tickets are $20-$38. For advance tickets, go to www.showclix.com/event/3717861. Continue Reading →

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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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1960s icon visits History Center’s 1968 Exhibit

 

 
Martha Reeves reflects on her life then and now
 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

As she slowly strolled through the “1968 Exhibit” now at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, Martha Reeves reflected on a time that many consider a turning point for this nation. In town to perform at the Dakota Jazz Club in downtown Minneapolis, Reeves, who is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, shared comments with the MSR during her walk through the exhibit on January 12. Now 70 years old, Reeves talked fondly of the vintage fashions and pop culture of the day. “We could wear our hair long…I loved that,” she said of the Peace Movement. Continue Reading →

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