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15 years of Afropean Soul at the Dakota with Les Nubians

 

 

by Junauda Petrus
Contributing Writer

“My daughter surprised me with tickets to your show tonight. I used to play your albums for her when she was a girl,” confided an excited fan to Helene Foussart, one half of Les Nubians after their performance at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. “Now she is bringing me to see you all perform. It has come full circle!”

The woman’s daughter spoke to the way their music had inspired and shaped her as a young woman. Helene with a disarmingly warm smile, hugged each woman with intense gratitude.  Humbled by the impact of their music reflected in the appreciation of two generations of fans. Continue Reading →

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Hip hop artists speak out on the war — Originally published April 2, 2003

 

 

 

 

By Yvette Griffea-Gray

Contributing Writer

 

 

What a difference a day makes. Approximately two weeks ago, war was still a threat hanging over our heads. Protests for peace were being held all over the country — its participants hoping to make a difference at the grassroots level. The protests continue, and we are now living in a time where all of the war talk has actually come to fruition. American soldiers are fighting for our country, and several have already died doing so. Continue Reading →

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Entertainment, etc. – Next Day Air, Undercover Brother — double-barrel fun

 

 

By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer

 

Here’s a do-it-yourself DVD double feature for you, if chuckalicious, rib-tickling comedy is right up your alley, whether as usual fare or just a change of pace: Next Day Air and Undercover Brother. If you don’t own either one, this is a great excuse to request them at your local library, or a perfect reason to use your rent-a-film account. Whatever, set aside an afternoon or evening, pop the corn, pour some soda and sit back. Next Day Air, a raucous romp, is, it bears noting, not quite family entertainment, rated R because of foul language, explicit drug content, and no nudity but some frank sexuality. So, watch this one without little kids around. Continue Reading →

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