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Mother’s Day Celebrations
Pre-Mothers Day Extravaganza: I’ll Always Love My Mama /She’s My Everything
Sat., May 11, 7 pm —1 am • Double Tree Hotel, 1500 Park Place Blvd., Mpls., 612-702-9018 • Celebrating Mother’s, sisters, aunts, girl friends, and grand mothers • Live jazz by Wenso Ashby and hosted by KMOJ, Q Bear, and Ms. Pink.  
Annual Mothers Day Concert
Sun., May 12, 1 pm • Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, 651-528-6871 • Bring mom to the Landmark Center for some music this Mother’s Day • Hosted by the Saint Paul Civic Symphony, the Annual Mother’s Day Concert is free and all ages are welcome to attend.  
New Orleans Mother’s Day Brunch 
Sun., May 12, 10:30 am — 3 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • Celebrate Mother’s Day with a family-style brunch and New Orleans jazz by the Southside Aces.  
Capri Big Band
Sun., May 12, 7 pm • Como Lakeside Pavilion, 1361 N. Lexington Pkwy., St. Continue Reading →

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Beauty Exxtreme showcases full figures in fashion



Local company puts plus-size women, big-and-tall men on the runway


By Jamal Denman

Contributing Writer


In American media and advertising outlets everywhere, there are images of tall, freakishly thin, fair-skinned women that are intended to represent the ideal model of beauty all females are constantly told in one way or another they should strive to emulate. Most people do not fit the description of the model that is often presented. People come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and shades; even those that can be described as tall, thin and fair-skinned usually look nothing like the professionally styled and digitally enhanced images seen on screen and in print media. This current situation is the reason why Nena McAlister started Beauty Exxtreme, a company dedicated to promoting alternate versions of beauty standards and building the self-esteem of those who are rarely represented or recognized in media, advertising or fashion. While McAlister wants to help promote everyone who feels underrepresented by the media and fashion industries, her focus is on plus-size women and big and tall men. Continue Reading →

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